Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders from all over the East Texas area came together to support the 2017 East Texas Regional Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #51 Blue Santa Shopping Spree. Area police officers nominated children they had met in the community who were underprivileged, child victims, or witnesses to crimes to participate in the Blue Santa program. Over 100 children were paired with a Police Officer and were given a $100 Walmart gift card to shop for anything they wanted. It’s a humbling experience when you hear an officer tell a child they have $100 to spend on anything they want and the child leads them by the hand to the food aisle.
Genesis has built a business for 25+ years by putting First Responders first. We are so proud to support the ETFOP as they are truly putting their hearts into serving our community, making it not just a safer place to live but a better community to live in.
The men and women who serve in our military courageously answer the call to protect our Nation. As guardians of our freedom, they bear a burden few people are willing or able to carry. When they are called into duty, the burden is shared with their families as they face an empty seat at the dinner table or unopened presents around the Christmas tree. For our National Guard and Reserve citizen-soldiers, a deployment often means a dramatic loss of income for their family.
This year, employees of The Genesis Group set aside a portion of our paychecks to help some deserving citizen-soldier families over the holidays. As your family gathers to celebrate this holiday season, we ask that you take a moment to remember the men and women, dads and moms, sons and daughters who aren’t able to be together and the sacrifices they all make on our behalf.
When you deliver for Meals On Wheels you’re not just serving a hot meal, you’re serving up a warm smile. For some, this could be the only smile they see all day. Genesis employees deliver smiles, hot meals, and fresh flowers to our MoW route 52 weeks out of the year. For the Christmas Season again this year, we loaded up two vans full of employees (and one “Jolly Old Soul” in a red suit) and sang Christmas Carols at each house while we delivered presents along with the standard meal. At Genesis, it’s our belief the more we give, the more we are blessed.
Meals on Wheels is always looking for volunteers and partner companies. The Genesis team has been heavily involved with MoW for several years. Find out how to get involved.
Genesis is partnered with Pure Religion and their Grace EmBEDded ministry, which builds and delivers beds for foster homes. Nearly 1 in 3 foster care situations in our area of Smith County, Texas are impacted by the absence of a bed. Grace EmBEDded needed 100 new beds to provide to foster homes in East Texas for the holidays. At a gathering at the Green Acres Baptist Church parking garage last evening, this lofty goal was easily met, thanks to a massive turnout of around 400 volunteers. We also thank Green Acres Baptist Church, Smith County Sheriff’s Office, CBS Rental and Supply, Chick-Fil-A, and Coca-Cola for donating their time, goods, and resources as well.
Last week, we asked our community to help gather supplies needed to help first responders in the Houston area recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Our #GenesisGivesBack team, along with Pure Religion, sent a loaded trailer to Houston full of the requested supplies. To everyone who answered the call to help us help those who put their lives on the line each and every day, we sincerely appreciate your support.
Texas NENA — The Texas Chapter of the National Emergency Number (9-1-1) Association — has reached out to Genesis with very specific requests for hard goods they desperately need. They have three distribution centers set up for Public Safety personnel in the Texas Hurricane Harvey Disaster zone that need our help now. They have specifically requested we help them only with the items that they need and nothing else. As a result, Genesis will not be able to accept or deliver anything that isn’t specifically on their list. At this time, they are not equipped to manage or distribute secondhand items, so donations need to be new items in easily distributable packaging. They asked that we not send “travel sized” containers of supplies (for example: tiny bottles of hand sanitizer or hotel shampoos).
Everyone needs a hero, especially children who are abused or neglected. Thank goodness, there are superheroes among us in the world. These heroes do not wear capes or leap tall buildings in a single bound. They are just regular people with huge hearts. CASA® for Kids of East Texas is a non-profit organization that provides trained community volunteers to advocate for the abused and neglected children of Smith, Wood and Van Zandt Counties. One night a year, these non-caped crusaders gather their forces for “Justice is Served”. This annual gala event, which features food, entertainment, as well as live and silent auctions, benefits CASA of East Texas so they may continue the vital work they do for the children of our community. Many of our civic leaders showed up — some of whom donned aprons in lieu of capes — and sprang into action, opening their hearts and checkbooks.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) of East Texas held its annual auction event at the Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk last evening. This also marks CASA’s 25th anniversary, and this year’s theme: Justice is Served. For the CASA for Kids of East Texas 2016 Justice is Served event, Genesis provided manpower and technology at the auction payment tables. In typical Genesis fashion, we worked hard and had a lot of fun. The event raised funds to further the work of CASA and its volunteers.
What started as a Summer trial run with Meals on Wheels in 2014 has turned into an ongoing weekly institution at Genesis. Meals on Wheels ensures that seniors have access to adequate nutrition even when family support, mobility and resources are lacking. It gives us another opportunity to give back to our community, and we enjoy the friendly visits every week.
Our 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off went well and relatively injury free! Why have a chili cook off? We did it to raise money as well as collect canned goods for the East Texas Food Bank.
To date, there are over 456,000 East Texans who are at risk of hunger — many of whom are children and the elderly. In 2014, the Food Bank provided 20,200,000 meals to people right in our own backyard.