– Community Service Project Gives Children the Joy of Christmas
With lights flashing and children eagerly waiting, HEMSI employees arrived in an ambulance to continue the yearly tradition of delivering toys to the Downtown Preschool the week before Christmas. Employees donated the toys at the annual Christmas party with more than 300 attendees as part of the HEMSI Cares program. United Way of Madison County wrapped and personalized a gift for each child.
In her third year of delivering the gifts, Paramedic Angie Voss described the children’s smiles as contagious. “We drove up in the ambulance to see the children bouncing up and down like little jumping beans with these beautiful smiles,” she said. “Their faces lit up like their presents were BEST thing in the world! I felt blessed to be a part of this. ”
Human Resources Manager Angie Smith added, “This was my first year to experience the delivery, and I loved it! The children were lined up outside waiting when our ambulance drove up, and were so excited that they started singing. It was easily one of the best things of 2014.”
“To be a part of the collection and distribution of the gifts for these truly deserving and genuinely appreciative children is one of the most rewarding and meaningful parts of my job,” said Communications Director Stiles Clark. “To see the happiness in their eyes and hear the excitement in their voices was truly heartwarming!”
HEMSI CEO Jon Howell explained, “Generosity is deep-rooted within the HEMSI culture and this project of giving has been a favorite among employees for years. It’s so rewarding for our employees to have such positive interaction with the children in the community they serve.”
This was the fourth year of partnership with the United Way on the community service project, and employees look forward to continuing the tradition in 2015.