This year, public affairs firm Global Strategy Group decided to use its annual December company retreat to take advantage of bringing together employees from offices across the country to give back in a meaningful way. The agency leveraged its manpower – at 75 employees strong – to build more than three dozen toys for children from disabled and at-risk populations. GSG partnered with two nonprofits on this activity: Greystone Programs and The Children's Home of Poughkeepsie.
Employees broke into two separate teams. One team was tasked with building AmTryke tricycles for Greystone, a group home in New York State that offers services and life-enriching opportunities to more than 500 children, adults, and families with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Children with physical and developmental disabilities use these specialty tricycles as part of their recreation and exercise routines.
The other team was responsible for building teddy bears for the Children's Home of Poughkeepsie, a home that provides a full range of residential services and programs to nearly 400 abused and neglected children and their family members in the Hudson River region. For this activity, employees stuffed teddy bears, decorated t-shirts for the teddy bears with colorful pictures and uplifting messages, and filled out birth certificates for each bear. The bears are then given to the children in hopes of providing them with a little comfort and something to cuddle with when arriving at the Home.
In total, the agency built six tricycles and 35 teddy bears, reaching dozens of children in hopes of putting a smile on their faces this holiday and leaving a lasting impression on GSG employees.