Giving back at GES is a part of who we are as a company. This holiday season we chose to support Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) by making donations on behalf of our clients. Employees from each GES office also collected much needed items for the houses. . Not only is RMHC special to people all over the world, it has touched those near and dear to us. Numerous members of our team have been positively affected by their services.

The 17-year-old daughter of Reta Marsh, an account manager at GES’ Cincinnati office, suffered severe spinal cord injuries as a result of a car accident in May 2012. RMHC stepped up to give her family a, “home away from home,” for the most critical weeks of her life. As soon as Reta found out we were supporting RMHC, she joined the cause and volunteered to help deliver the donations her office collected. Considering that she balances her time taking care of her daughter who is now paralyzed with her full time position at GES, this showed how passionate she is for the cause and why we should be too.

We want each and every child to have a brighter holiday. In light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, we realize now more than ever that each happy moment and kind action makes a difference. Now, this is where you come in! We’re donating funds on behalf of you. Whether you’re in the U.S. or on the opposite end of the planet, RMHC is a global charity and your kindness will be spread all over the world.

Another story that touched my heart was from Laura Ploog, a Trade Show Electrical operations coordinator in Las Vegas. In 2009, she and her husband, along with their oldest son spent nine weeks at a Ronald McDonald House while their newest family member was hospitalized. They lived two and a half hours away from the hospital in Rochester, MN, and instead of driving back and forth daily or spending money on hotel rooms, RMHC gave their family a room a couple blocks away from the hospital. They were able to attend each of the baby’s appointments, receive home cooked meals and have access to crafts, games, and other activities for their older child.

Giving back is something that anyone can do, and it doesn’t mean just donating money. Check out our virtual Ronald McDonald House here. Drag gifts into our interactive gift bag and watch the house come to life with the joy of the holiday spirit.

Want to be even more involved in your community?

Here’s my gift to you:

Charity Vault, your starting point to giving back in your community. Click on your state, find a charity nearest to you, pick up the phone and ask, “How can I help?” These are the simple words that can change someone’s life. And what I’ve found is that when I give back, I get back so much more in return.

I’m proud to work for a company that reaches out to support people all over the world. What does your company do to give back? We can all learn from each other. Share below!

Happy Holidays!