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Employees lead donation efforts to provide thousands of essentials to those who need them most

Thousands of employees came together to help families and members of our local communities in need during our fourth annual Cardinal at Work Cares: Giving Essentials Drive, resulting in donations of more than 3,200 personal care packs and more than 1,000 jacket and coats.

Leaders showed their support for employee volunteerism by sorting coats and assembling care packs at this year’s assembly parties, held between Nov. 18-21, including Marc Tessier-Lavigne, University President; Chi-Chang Kao, Director of SLAC; Norbert R. Holtkamp, Deputy Director of SLAC; Elizabeth Zacharias, Vice President for Human Resources; Randy Livingston, Vice President for Business Affairs; Howard Wolf, Vice President for Alumni Affairs; Megan Davis, Associate Vice President of Finance, and several associate vice presidents.

This year, employees got involved six different ways:

Writing kindness cards

Hundreds of employees wrote short uplifting notes of encouragement to be included in each personal care pack. Kindness card kits were sent on request to employees starting in mid-October; many placed kindness cards and markers in their local areas to encourage department participation, or brought them to meetings for a team activity, or took them home allowing family members to get involved by writing short messages and drawing inspirational pictures. In addition, hundreds of employees wrote kindness cards at each of our assembly parties.

Donation box monitoring

Over 75 employees volunteered their time to set up and monitor donation collection boxes across our Stanford community. In addition, each box monitor volunteer made sure your donations made their way to the assembly parties to be sorted and assembled. Thank you to our volunteer box monitors.

Your personal care item donations

Personal care items in new condition -- such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, combs, and razors -- were collected during this employee-led donation drive. All items were sorted and packed into reusable toiletry bags by volunteer employees. Personal care packs were given to families at the Stanford Ronald McDonald House, members of our local communities at CityTeam homeless shelters, and to COTS in Sonoma County, which is helping those impacted by the recent North Bay wild fires.

Your jacket/coat donations

New this year, new or gently-used jackets and coats were accepted in association with the One Warm Coat organization. We were overwhelmed with gratitude to see more than 1,000 jackets and coats donated in all sizes. These donations will greatly benefit members of our local communities at the Ecumenical Hunger Project in East Palo Alto, the Shelter Network’s Maple Street Shelter in Redwood City, and COTS in Sonoma County.

Assembly party planning and execution

Four assembly parties across main campus, SLAC, and Stanford Redwood City brought employees together to sort all of the donations provided by Stanford employees. Each assembly party was coordinated and managed by employee volunteers. A hearty thank you to our volunteer coordinators:

SLAC The Stanford Investors Common The Alumni Center Stanford Redwood City
Emily Chow
Linda Uzos
Molly Glover
Sophie Chapman
Jodie Carian
Jennie Walker
Lilly Lee
Caprie Davenport
Crystal Dela Cruz
Lola Love
Tanicia Perry
Razelene Gutierrez
America Collin
Anna Poteete
Carrie Marcus
Jenny Chen
Monique Tran
Sharon Carroll

Volunteering at an assembly party

Hundreds of you volunteered at our four assembly parties across main campus, SLAC, and Stanford Redwood City to continue the tradition of sorting personal care items and assembling them into reusable care packs. In addition, volunteers sorted and reviewed the condition of jacket and coat donations to make sure they were clean and ready to wear before providing to our charities. Thank you for your time and energy!

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