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Orchid Sites Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

For the 2013 holidays, each of our Orchid sites adopted a family. Below are how the sites helped their communities and families for the holidays.


The holiday season can be interpreted many different ways. At Orchid Design we wanted to make sure these people are never forgotten.

For Thanksgiving this year, we correlated with The Spooner House, which is located right here in Shelton, CT. The Spooner House provides emergency shelter and meals to residents. Annually, their food bank provides more than 153,000 meals or the equivalence of feeding 3,200 adults, children and seniors every year. They also regularly provide 700 families for the means of a holiday meal by putting together holiday baskets that include the essentials for a holiday feast. We started our own office food drive to collect the items needed and were very happy to be able to help feed our community.

When Christmas approached, we also took part in a toy drive to donate items to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. Their wish list included many items to help patients and their families get through the tough experience of hospitalization a little more easily. They were most in need of infant toys and boy did we deliver! Seeing the pile of toys grow every day under our tree was a great reminder of what the holiday season is all about. We had the privilege of delivering the toys to the hospital, and our donation brought many smiles and excitement. We have since received a letter of appreciation from the staff thanking us for our generous contribution.

“I am proud to be a part of such a giving community,” said Jessica Nishti, administrative assistant, at Orchid Design. “Knowing that we all came together to help those in need reinforces our core purpose here at Orchid; to provide an opportunity for people to live a better life.”


Orchid Chelsea “adopted” a family from Kalamazoo, MI for Christmas. The Adopt-A-Family program allows donors to adopt a military family in need during the holidays. Many military families struggle through the holiday season. The service member may be wounded, still transitioning to civilian life or possibly due to some unforeseen financial emergency that is making it hard for them to provide for their children during the holidays.

Employees signed Christmas cards and made donations to provide an opportunity to make the family’s season brighter. The children received toys, puzzles, coloring books and clothes. In addition, the family received a gift card to shop for additional items for the children and help the parents. The team in Chelsea came together to provide an opportunity for people to live a better life.


The Arcadia and Santa Ana locations participated in the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County Food Drive, which benefits a multitude of needy families. This was the fourth year of participation for Santa Ana and the first year for Arcadia. Orchid California cares for its community and those associated with the organization.

The Harvest Food Bank Drive was a tremendous success! Orchid California collected 973 pounds (Arcadia – 653 and Santa Ana – 320) of food and personal care items and demonstrated corporate spirit and the company contributed monies for every pound collected.

Additionally, we adopted/sponsored two families during the holidays. Santa Ana adopted the family of a former employee, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident earlier in the year by a suspected drunk driver. She is survived by three children and a husband. Due to the generosity of our employees, we were able to provide Christmas gifts, including toys, clothing and gift cards for the two youngest children, a Laptop computer for the oldest and two holiday meals for the family. Arcadia hosted a collection for a current employee who was hospitalized as a result of a recent automobile accident caused by an uninsured motorist. The employee’s car was totaled and had no insurance to cover expenses.


Orchid Memphis helped the children of St. Jude by donating to the Ronald McDonald House for Christmas. These families would not have had the opportunity to leave the hospital for Christmas. We took donations for the food pantry and holiday store.


As the holiday season was approaching, we thought that it might be nice for us to switch it up and do something nice for our community. For our charitable giving this year, we decided to participate in the Michigan Adopt a National Guard Family for the holiday season. This program is organized by the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and supports families with a soldier who is deployed, injured or facing hardship. Our family, in particular, was a family of seven facing hardship. For Thanksgiving, we were able to put together a gift basket full of cookies and sweets along with gift cards to Kroger and dinner and a movie for the family. For Christmas, we were also able to raise enough to fulfill each boy’s Christmas wish lists which included books, trading cards, toys and clothing. We were able to provide gifts for the parents as well. We were contacted by our National Guard representative and told that the family was overwhelmed with excitement and so thankful for making their Christmas wishes come true.


Orchid Detroit solicited hats, mittens, scarves and gloves for donation to a charitable organization. We collected 125 pairs of gloves or mittens, 26 scarves and 37 hats. Most were children’s sizes. The donated items were delivered to a local organization called LEAPS & BOUNDS. LEAPS & BOUNDS, a Detroit-based non-profit agency, focuses on improving the health, education, social and economic needs of at-risk children and families.


The spirit of giving was very much in evidence at Orchid Oregon during the holiday season. In addition to the annual Toys for Tots drive and the annual donation to the Clackamas Women’s Shelter, Orchid Oregon employees had fun shopping for a veteran’s family of nine selected for us by the Salvation Army. The family had recently transitioned out of homelessness. Nine employees shopped with donated money. They were able to fill the wish lists of all the family members and also purchased the family a microwave. The company received a heartfelt “Thank You” letter from the family who appreciated the generosity that made their holiday an unforgettable one.


In mid-November, we teamed up with our local elementary school to provide gifts to some families in need. The school was overjoyed to provide us three families. We put up a Christmas tree in the employee lunchroom and put paper ornaments on the tree with different items for the families. The response was overwhelming and heartwarming. With about a week and a half before we had to have the gifts back to the families, we ran completely out of ornaments. We called the school again to see if we could help out another family. In total, we were able to help four different families with children ranging in age from three months old to 11 years old. We donated a total of 84 presents to the families and gave them gift cards for groceries. When we met up with each family to give them their presents, they were so thankful for the kindness and generosity that our employees showed toward the community. Thank you to all of the employees who donated money or gifts. We look forward to helping more families next holiday season!!