Christmas Clothing Drive

In The Spirit of Giving 3

What comes to mind when you hear the word homeless? Living on the streets? Living in a shelter, motel or a car? These examples all describe being homeless. However, a more descriptive explanation of someone who is homeless includes anyone who has lost their permanent home and has to double up with family or friends. Surprisingly, this fact has a major impact on the overall total number of homelessness in America. As a result of doubling up each year, close to 1.4 million children are considered homeless. This group of overlooked homeless individuals have the same rights and are entitled to the same services and benefits as those more widely defined as homeless. Unfortunately, in most cases they are unaware of these services or reluctant to using these services.

Energy & Environment Inc. is focusing our spirit of giving during this Holiday season on the not so obvious group of homeless individuals and the challenges confronting them. By sponsoring a clothing drive, Energy & Environment Inc. has an opportunity to contribute to, and make a difference in children’s lives. Research shows that many students that come to school without adequate clothing and shoes experience low self-esteem, poor social skills and lack of concentration.

CEO of Energy & Environment, Inc., Amir Sardari recognizes the importance of being a good corporate citizen and feels every corporation has an obligation to give back. During this busy time of the year, Amir Sardari asked his team of employees to take moment to think of others in need. He said, “Small gestures of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life”. So Amir Sardari challenged his team by asking the question, “If you have any unwanted, gently used, or brand new clothing items or shoes in your closet, will you donate those items to help build a child’s self-esteem by providing them with clothing that will help them feel good about themselves?” And of course, the employees answered Amir’s challenge with generous donations.

Through partnering with local charity organizations, we can reach individuals in our local community who are in need, and have a direct impact while making a difference. This year Energy & Environment is happy to partner with Southwest Community Center, with contributions going to their outreach homeless programs.

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