One hundred children in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina had brighter holidays, thanks to the donations of clothing, toys, skateboards, bikes, and other gifts piled high in the NIEHS building 101 and Keystone lobbies.
The 2015 Giving Tree gift drive, sponsored by the NIEHS Diversity Council, wrapped up a successful effort Dec. 8, filling a truck with donations for local children of needy families. “The level of commitment and compassion that everyone had was just phenomenal,” said Veronica Godfrey Robinson, of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Program Operations Branch.
Each year, the Diversity Council coordinates with a charity that serves local families. This year, the Salvation Army of Durham provided 100 angel tags, each with a list of gift requests from a child in one of the families it serves.
The tags were hung in both buildings, complemented by ornaments made by children at the First Environments Early Learning Center, coordinated by Cheryl Thompson, from the Office of Communications and Public Liaison.
“The highlight for me was how quickly everyone pitched in and took tags and helped with organizing the gifts,” said Robinson, who is the Raleigh-Durham Area Blacks in Government chapter representative to the Diversity Council. Members of the Diversity Council helped load the Durham Salvation Army truck with the gifts, which included more than 20 bicycles.