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Happy Holidays!

Donating to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation each holiday season is tradition at Outsell, and one that we happily continued this year. Each employee was allocated $20 to purchase a toy/gift from our Target.com registry that was then purchased and delivered to Outsell to be readied for pickup. With a deadline of 5:00pm set for Monday, December 12th, to get items purchased, the gifts arrived and were sent off to help with our local community Toys for Tots last week. You can see more photos at our Facebook page. Check back for more events from The Outsell Caring Committee and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
December 12, 2011

Holiday Charity Involvement

Health of a company culture is important internally, but also in how others, particularly consumers, view your brand. Healthy companies have values and follow these values in their everyday practices. Involvement in charity organizations can be a great way to facilitate healthy company values and promote teamwork, and also allows for a successful company to give back. The holidays are an ideal time for giving, a time when decorating the office and letting your hair down at the company Christmas party can easily be supplemented with charitable giving. This year, Lexus is teaming up with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation as part of its “December to Remember” sales event, and will be donating $5 to Toys for Tots for every big red bow shared via Facebook and Twitter.
“As a follower of Lexus online, you can help Lexus reach its goal well before the deadline, even before Christmas. On Facebook, fans make the donation through one simple click on the ‘December to Remember’ tab at facebook.com/lexus. Twitter users can make a difference by using the #lexusbigredbow hash tag. This initiative represents a first for Lexus, using social media channels to advance a charitable drive.” READ MORE
The Lexus “December to Remember” program has existed for many years, but turning to social media to spread the word may prove to be their most beneficial tactic yet. Lexus is giving a great example of how to use the digital world in a positive way for both their brand and a worthy cause. The Outsell Caring Committee participated in the Volunteers of America “Adopt a Family” program for one of our December holiday events. We sponsored three families who are in need this holiday season. By purchasing items recommended on each family’s wishlist, Outsell participants brought in and wrapped Christmas presents for families who otherwise might not have had much under their trees this year. What are you doing to support local and national charities this holiday season?

Giving Back to Those in Need

During the Thanksgiving holiday the Outsell Caring Committee organized our First Annual Outsell Food Drive. Those efforts were an enormous success for us as a team as well as for the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf that we were proud to work with for our donations. Our first blog post on Holiday Charity Drives and the Food Drive results can be found here.

For the Christmas Holiday the Caring Committee continued that commitment with contributions to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation.

The Toys for Tots Foundation asks for donations of new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year to be delivered at Christmas to needy children in surrounding communities. Please check out the website and read more about the Marine Toys for Tots program here in Minneapolis.

Given our digital background, the Caring Committee gave Outsell employees the mission of logging onto Target.com under the company name and each purchasing up to $40 dollars of age-appropriate toys. Our purchases were delivered well within the Toys for Tots deadline and picked up by Marine Corps officers before the holidays.

For more pictures of the event, as well as pictures from the Thanksgiving Food Drive, please check out our Facebook Fanpage.

The Outsell Caring Committee and employees have helped us exceed individual and group giving for the Food Drive, Toys for Tots, and many other charitable organizations and endeavors this year. Outsell also donated $5000 to the United Way in honor of Bart Greenwood, a beloved member of the Outsell family who was lost in 2009 and who had always been strongly dedicated to giving back to the community, a tradition Outsell is proud to continue.

As Outsell employees headed out of the office the night before Christmas Eve, President and CEO Mike Wethington passed on a message that we could all keep in our hearts for the holidays and the coming year:

“This Christmas morning I would ask each of you to remember those times when you were a child and how you felt when you received a present that you didn’t expect to receive. Then think about all of the children that we impacted this Christmas Day when they open one of the presents from the mountain of gifts we all gave this year. Can’t you just see the smiles?”

Thank you again to the Caring Committee and the many organizations we had the pleasure of working with in 2010 and that we look forward to working with again in 2011. You can read more about all of the charitable organizations Outsell is involved with at the Caring Committee webpage.