Brande Ulrich, strategic account executive at The Gazette Company, says she researched various opportunities for holiday giving and chose Four Oaks as it is less prominent than some of the other organizations.
As smaller children tend to be a focus for gift donations teenagers like those at Four Oaks tend to get overlooked, notes Brande.
"It's a way to give back to the community," she
tells Our Voice.
"The things they are asking for are very modest," says Brande
"It's not like they are wanting a PlayStation 4, one of the requests is for mechanical pencils.
They want things that we may take for granted that they may not be able to receive otherwise."
Purchased gifts are to be in the $15-$20 price range and placed unwrapped under the tree with the corresponding tag by Dec. 10 at noon.
will deliver the gifts later that day in order for them to be distributed for Four Oaks' party on Dec. 13.
The tree was put up on Friday, and all staff were notified of the initiative via email.
If the initiative has a positive response the company will look to continue it in future years and purchase a new tree.
"It's a good feeling to be able to give back as a corporation and it gives us a positive reputation in the community, that sense around the holidays of being able to help others that are less fortunate," says Brande