By Holly Hughes, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Carter
(March 2, 2011) – Community involvement is a hallmark of our corporate mission and for over the past 53 years, we have had the privilege to serve communities where we live and work.
In 2007, Carter chose the Make-A-Wish Foundations of Georgia & Alabama and Central & Northern Florida to be our primary charity partners by committing to help make wishes come true for children battling life-threatening illnesses.
Now entering our fourth year of the partnership, we are proud to report that more than 95% of our associates have participated in granting wishes for 17 children by contributing hundreds of hours and donating hundreds of thousands of dollars. (Left: Carter’s Make A Wish steering committee)
Some of the wishes granted include trips to Disney World, room makeovers, new play sets, a 40-foot train playhouse, Royal Caribbean Cruises and being an honorary team member of the UGA bulldogs-complete with sideline seats and dog-walk into the stadium, to name a few.
“On a wish reveal day when you see the glowing smile on the faces of the children that were dreaming of that playground or that room makeover, all their aches seem to disappear and make it all worth your while,” said Colleen Voisin, Carter associate. “Although the wishes are awe-inspiring and I enjoy the amazing camaraderie that is formed with our volunteers, those smiles are the reason I keep coming back to grant more wishes.”
Through our associates’ generous contributions, we have already raised $25,162.75 toward our 2011 Make-A-Wish Foundation campaign. Our goal is to grant at least six more wishes in 2011.
Thanks to all of our Carter associates for continuing to make wishes come true!