Truly demonstrating their holiday spirit of goodwill, UGI employees across Pennsylvania supported community organizations in providing food, clothing, and gifts to children and others in need. Examples of these efforts included the following:
· Toys for Tots – UGI employees participated in a number of local Toys for Tots campaign. The program, sponsored by the U.S. Marines, helps to bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.
· Wreaths Across America – Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the Wreaths Across America organization’s mission to “Remember, Honor, and Teach” is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,100 locations in all 50 states, at sea, and abroad. This year’s wreath laying event was held on December 17. UGI employees participated in events at Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown; Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville; Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reading; Spring Hills Cemetery, Shippensburg; Hanover Green Cemetery, Hanover Township; Mount Tunnel Cemetery, Elizabethtown; and Wellsboro Cemetery.
· Salvation Army Angel Tree – Throughout UGI’s service area, employees bought gifts for children in need. The Angel Tree program provides gifts for hundreds of thousands of children throughout the United States and Canada each year.
· The Greater Pittston Santa Squad – UGI employees donated toys to the Greater Pittston Santa Squad drive to benefit children in need. The Santa Squad, founded in 2018, is a non-profit organization that hosts toy drives throughout November to brighten the lives of children and families throughout the region on Christmas. Based on overwhelming community generosity, the Santa Squad estimates a thousand children were helped.
· Holiday Collection for Roads to Peace – UGI employees in the Lock Haven office collected essential supplies to Roads to Peace (formerly The Women’s Center) to support victims of domestic violence.
· Head Start Holiday Event - UGI and UGI Energy Services continued their long-standing holiday project of adopting the children of the Head Start Program at the Head Start - Back Mountain Center. Employees donated a clothing item for each child to unwrap from Santa and received a toy from their wish list to take home to open on Christmas.
· United Disabilities Services (UDS) Gift Wrapping – UGI employees volunteered at a gift-wrapping booth at Park City Mall to support UDS. Proceeds supported programs to assist those with special needs lead more independent and fulfilled lives.
· Wilkes-Barre Coat Drive - The Back Mountain Police Association conducted their annual Warm Coats for Kids drive. The Association, in partnership with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Pennsylvania, has been handing out coats to kids who need them for more than a decade. New and gently used coats were accepted, as well as new winter hats, scarves, and gloves.
· Olivet Boys and Girls Center for the Arts Club Holiday Party and Treat Bags - Employees donated items for treat bags which will be delivered by Santa (UGI employee Jim Rhodenizer) at a holiday party and dinner hosted by employees on Wednesday, December 21.
· Neighborhood Santa Program through REAL Life Community Services – More than 150 children from the Cocalico School District and the Ephrata Area School District were served through this program. UGI employees donated stocking stuffer items to supplement the gifts given to the children in their Santa gift bags
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