January 12, 2023
This past year presented numerous challenges to our co-workers in Southwest Florida. No matter what Hurricane Ian delivered, the spirit of generosity and the desire to give back has remained as strong as ever. This year our Fort Myers office continued their annual tradition of helping children in the foster care system. By working with Lutheran Services Florida Central and Children’s Network of SWFL, the gifts donated were able to provide Christmas presents for 30 children, ranging in ages from 9 to 17, all of whom are considered high risk of neglect and abuse.
Collecting and delivering gifts for children and teens in foster care has been an annual event since 2017. LaKesha Stone, a customer service rep, brought forth the idea and it was embraced with open hearts. She saw the need firsthand; her adult daughter works at the Children’s Network of SWFL. Over the years, the number of kids being provided for has expanded and the number of gifts each one receives has also increased. “This is one of my absolute favorite things that Alta does on a yearly basis. I grew up in the foster system. I cannot tell you how much it means to receive a gift from a stranger, especially during the holidays, when in that environment & situation, one can feel especially lonely,” said Jadon Nagle, a Parts Expediting Analyst. In the last six years, we’ve been able to brighten the holidays for nearly 150 kids!
For the past few weeks, a Christmas tree was on display in our Fort Myers front lobby with dozens of glass ornaments containing the names and ages of the girls and boys. Gift ideas for the children and teens included Barbie dolls, Lego sets, ear buds, sports equipment and gift cards. In addition to this year’s Wish ornaments, they also collected deodorants, soaps and other personal hygiene products for the children and teens in foster care.
The people at our Fort Myers continue to embody the very essence of our community outreach program, AltaHOPE: Helping Others Prevail Everywhere. By raising their hands and asking how they can help, they are advocating for those in our community and making a difference in the lives of those around us. We are proud to have so many generous hearts at Alta Resources.