The people of the Nuclear Security Enterprise are used to going above and beyond. They work tirelessly to help keep our Nation safe in a variety of ways through every season of the year, but for many, the holiday season is a special time to give back.
The warmth and generosity of employees at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, is undeniable. Their Sandia Gives Campaign had another successful year with multiple events aimed at helping those in need. The team collected 150 coats on behalf of One Warm Coat. More than 125 pounds of food was donated to the Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry, $4000 were given to Alameda County Community Food Bank, and an additional 75 pounds of food and a $25 check donation given to Second Harvest Food Bank.
Kind-hearted Pantex Plant team members in Amarillo, Texas. braved frigid temperatures to staff the Salvation Army’s iconic red kettle at United Markets. In addition to bell ringing, an employee donation of $5,000 was collected, providing approximately 20,000 meals to help alleviate hunger in the Texas Panhandle.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s employees continued their inspiring tradition of giving this year by donating more than $3.7 million to charitable organizations via the annual employee giving program, the Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign. Nearly 1,300 employees pledged a total of $2.7 million through payroll deductions with the HOME Campaign, now in its 43rd year. All of the funds donated go directly to charities selected by employees. Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, which manages the laboratory, added $1 million in prorated matching funds.
“Our employees continue to generously support the HOME Campaign and even matched the same level of donations as last year,” said Laboratory Director Bill Goldstein. “This is a testament of our employees’ commitment to making a positive impact in our local and surrounding communities.”
The Savannah River Site (SRS) also collected $5,000 in donations to the Salvation Army, which will provide numerous services to those who need assistance in surrounding counties of South Carolina. The giving didn’t stop there, though. Participants in this year’s “Dash for Bikes, Walk for Trikes” relay race raised a record total of over $14,000. Proceeds from this year’s race alone enabled the procurement of 285 new bicycles and tricycles. The total SRS contribution for the 2018 Toys for Tots program was an incredible $30,000, which went towards the purchase of 17,000 toys and 400 bikes, in addition to the donated toys.
For the 18th year, SRS employees also sponsored the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, enabling them to adopt 625 area children, giving toys and clothing items specifically to Angel Tree recipients. Trucks full of gifts left the site in parade formation led by Santa Claus, heading for multiple Salvation Army locations where the gifts were sorted and distributed by U.S. Marines.
Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) employees provided gifts to more than 100 Salvation Army Angels through local agencies and schools. They also donated more than 80 bicycles and several barrels of toys through the Toys for Tots program.
NNSS also raised funds for more than 6,600 meals for Three Square Food Bank and adopted military and low-income families for the holiday season. And finally, NNSS Fire & Rescue hosted its annual "Fill the Fire Truck" toy drive benefiting Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, which collects toys for children in need and supports victims of fires and catastrophic events.
There are many ways to spread joy and holiday cheer during the most wonderful time of the year. Consider following the good example of NNSA’s workforce – find a way to give back to your community!