Children get new book sacks while adults get even more
Article was added on Tuesday, November 01, 2016
many children look forward to picking out a new book sack each year
as they prepare for the new school year, some children never get
that chance. With this in mind, Santee Electric Cooperative
employees came together to give 22 children at a local children's
home new book sacks and school supplies. During the process,
something very special happened.
was a very, very heartwarming experience," Angela Coker, accounting
specialist said. Coker helped organize the project. She called the
children's home and got a list of school supplies for the each
child, but she never expected what happened next.
sent out an e-mail to her co-workers which was met with
overwhelming support for the project.
employees adopted a child and got everything that individual needed
to start back to school. Other employees, who weren't so keen on
shopping, gave $100 and said if that wasn't enough to let them
know," Coker said explaining that every high school student
received a graphing calculator which cost about $100
office employees who live further away from the main office took
their personal time to shop and deliver the needed items. Even
employees who rarely volunteer to help with special projects
pitched in, she said. Our employees coming together so well was
what made this such a wonderful project. Many employees even went
out of their way to do extra things and make the children feel
special, Coker said. She explained that most employees included
candy, special age appropriate toys, coloring books or stickers
with the supplies they purchased.
children were so appreciative," Coker said. When she and Mary Grace
McGee, marketing representative went to deliver the book sacks
Saturday, August 13, they were awe struck.
"To have an 11th grade boy seen
genuinely, sincerely, appreciative was amazing," Coker said. She
said some of the boys even hugged them in appreciation. "They were
The thing that is just as heartwarming is the fact that many of
Coker's co-workers want to keep up with the students throughout the
year and provide birthday and Christmas presents. What she expected
to be just a small project has pulled her and her co-workers
together for a good cause and given everyone at Santee Electric
Cooperative a warm-fuzzy feeling.
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