The holidays tend to bring out the giving spirit in most of us, and we all know there is no shortage of good causes. For the inaugural Calyx Cares initiative, it wasn’t hard to select Scottish Rite for Children, a world-renowned leader in the treatment of orthopedic conditions in children, as our first charity of choice.
This past Christmas, team members from the Calyx Mortgage Business Group, Product Design Management and Calyx Interface Department came together to “play Santa” for the kids at the hospital’s Dallas location (they also have two locations in Frisco, TX). The location happens to be literally across the street from Calyx so in addition to being an incredibly worthy cause that is changing the face of orthopedic care for children, Scottish Rite for Children is Calyx’s neighbor. And employees were more than willing to show what being a good neighbor is all about.
Calyx Cares is a new program that allows us to partner with deserving nonprofits to support their mission, and, at the same time, give Calyx and its employees an opportunity to give back. For its first nonprofit partnership, Calyx decided to change its holiday tradition of doing Secret Santa among employees at the annual holiday celebration. Instead, it focused attention and resources on Scottish Rite for Children.
The hospital provided a wish list, and from there Calyx employees had a ball shopping and donating money to purchase items on the list. It included toys, games, video games and game systems, art supplies, crafts, headphones, iPads, Tablets, and more. The team really came through with several visiting the hospital in person to donate the items.
There’s nothing so rewarding as the gift of supporting an organization whose work changes the lives of so many children in tangible ways. With its advanced treatment methods and pioneering research, the hospital is a leader in the treatment of orthopedic conditions such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand differences, hip disorders, sports injuries, and fractures, as well as certain related arthritic and neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia.
It was an honor and pleasure to come together as co-workers and colleagues to give back to the kids at Scottish Rite for Children and the special teams who take care of them, day in and day out. Paying it forward really does pay dividends.