You may know Microsoft for their computer software, electronics, and computers, but philanthropy is near and dear to their hearts as an organization. Microsoft Philanthropies believes in a "future where every person has the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to achieve more." In February 2018, our Hello! Arizona team had the distinct honor of helping over 550 Microsoft employees with a community Give Back project during their program at The Phoenician in Scottsdale.
Microsoft Philanthropies partnered with the American Red Cross (ARC) to organize a Give Back program that provided comfort hygiene kits for the ARC's Houston, Texas location. Houston was still grappling with the devastating effects of a massive hurricane, and Microsoft wanted to do something that replenished the supplies of those who were in critical need.
The large group of attendees were first given an overview of the project by the ARC representative during their general session. Guests were informed that they would be split up into teams, which was noted on the back of the name badges they were wearing. When the excited Microsoft teams walked outside, they found their assigned table numbers and gathered around one of the 48 tables; each of which held all of the supplies that were waiting to be packaged with care. Our emcee host kept the energy alive on the microphone as guests worked hard to get all of the comfort kits created, labeled, inspected, and packed. Overall, the impact made by this team was quite impressive – in the span of just two hours, the group built 15,360 care packages! Hello! Arizona then transported those care packages (which filled an astounding 31 pallets!) from The Phoenician to the American Red Cross in Arlington, Texas. Brianna Moody, Senior Account Executive for Hello! Arizona, says, "What an experience it was to see this come to fruition and the smiling faces of everyone that participated. The group worked so hard to make this happen!"
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