“Making Holidays Easier” Throughout the Twin Cities

The team members at the Minneapolis Dealer Sales and Service Office (DSSO) were so inspired by the “Making Holidays Easier” program this past holiday season that they not only made a sizeable donation to the Boys & Girls Club, but they also chose to participate in three civic-minded initiatives.

On Tuesday, December 20th, team members volunteered at the Holiday Gift Expo, an annual event hosted by The Aliveness Project, a Minnesota non-profit that is committed to providing a variety of services to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. At this event, DSSO volunteers helped spread the holiday cheer by passing out cookies, assisting parents in picking out gifts for their children, and wrapping presents.

DSSO team members also worked with their local Boys & Girls Club to coordinate two more volunteer opportunities. On Wednesday, December 21st, they volunteered as personal shoppers at the “Kids Can Give” event, where they helped Club members pick out gifts for their family members and themselves. Additionally, they worked with the Boys & Girls Club to identify a family in need that they could “adopt” for the holidays. They were assigned a family of four living in transitional housing. Moved by this family’s story, the Minneapolis DSSO team worked hard to acquire as many gifts from the family’s Christmas wish list as possible. They also purchased new warm clothes and outwear for the children to help them get through the cold winter months. To say that the family was moved is an understatement. From the family’s words of appreciation to the smiles on their faces, it was clear that the generosity of our team members had made a world of difference in their lives.

Feeling the warmth and gratitude of the children and families that they served at these events, the Minneapolis DSSO volunteers remarked that their holidays were made brighter and more memorable for having participated in “Making Holidays Easier,” proving the old adage that it is better to give than to receive.