In the spirit of giving back during the holiday season, the Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, and Stroudsburg Offices initiated the Northeast Region Holiday Service Project. Isett employees voted to donate their time and money to sponsor children through local county agencies. The Children and Youth Agencies of Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties look for individuals, families, or businesses to sponsor children, ranging in age from birth to 21 years old, who are in foster care or receive services from the county's Office of Children and Youth. Sponsors are asked to spend approximately $50-$100 per child to ensure that all children in the family receive an equitable amount of gifts.
Coordinated by Stephanie Milewski, the initial goal was to raise enough money to sponsor one child in Lackawanna County and four children in Luzerne County. Through the generosity of donors from the Northeast Region and other Isett offices, enough money was raised to sponsor nine children from five families: two from Lackawanna and seven from Luzerne! With the help of their families, shoppers Tim Sisock, Stephanie Milewski, Tina Merli, Christine Troxell, and Lori Girvan braved the hustle and bustle of local stores to purchase gifts that were on each child's wish list. Everyone had fun picking out books, toys, clothes, and bedding for the children! Back at the offices, employees, especially Scott Grundowski, had fun wrapping and wrapping and wrapping-whew! It was great to give not only money, but also time to such a worthy cause.
Just over $730 was raised to purchase gifts and an additional $350 was donated to The Children and Youth Agencies through Isett's Matching Charitable Support Program. Thank you to all who participated! Everyone agreed that the Northeast Region Holiday Service Program should become an annual event.