T’is the Season to Pay It Forward
This past week VPA donated Bright Nights shuttle service to the D’Amour Cancer Center, USO active military members and their family. Shuttles loaded up from the Cancer Center lobby and Westover Air Reserve Base. VPA staff handed out cookies, candy and warm beverages. Many of the families had never visited Forest Park’s very own Winter Wonderland. We were very happy for the opportunity to help out, especially for those family in need of some light during their holiday season.
We received comments and emails thanking us for our donation. One woman sent a comment through our website. “Bravo to your company for taking cancer patients to bright nights. Kudos to you and your staff. This is a huge part of what Christmas is all about.”
From the VPA view it was very humbling and heartwarming. Everyone who helped make this happen was very grateful to be a part of this experience. Marketing and Special Events Coordinator, Lynn Jemilo, lead this project. She stated “I am so thankful that I was part of the Bright Night Shuttles for D’Amour Cancer Center and the Pioneer Valley USO at Westover that Ted and Angie donated. Just being at the events with fellow employees, offering refreshments to the families, while another was taking family photos or entertaining the children on the shuttle, was such a rewarding experience for me. The gratitude displayed by the families, staff and volunteers was heartwarming. I left each event with a very full and happy heart! Thank you to Ted and Angie for offering volunteer opportunities and promoting giving back to the communities throughout the VPA regions.”
Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to helping out again in the future.