When holiday time comes around, a volunteer group of AMS employees gets busy. For nine years they have been donating and organizing donations so that families in need can enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner. The volunteers put up flyers and send out emails companywide, giving their co-workers an opportunity to join in.
This year AMS employees reached in their pockets and donated Thanksgiving dinner to 40 families! Vallarta Supermarket (Valencia – Lyons) participated as well by offering the volunteers a 5% discount on the dinners.
The families are participants in the Santa Clarita Youth Activities League (YAL) ‘Adopt a Family’ program. Officer Bryan Rooney of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department runs the program and selects the families for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Deputy Rooney and AMS volunteers met with the families at the Val Verde Community Regional Park on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and enjoyed very much the opportunity to give. AMS employees who delivered the dinners to the families were: Betty Lou Wiseman, Ken Wiseman, Erica M., Olivia M., Roxana M., Briana A. and Gene S.
Betty-Lou is in charge of the program and Erica is the ‘engine’ that drives this activity. Regarding the opportunity of giving, Erica said, “This time of the year always brings me a warm and happy feeling. It is such a great honor to participate every year in bringing families together and see them smile.”
We appreciate the ‘Adopt a Family’ program and Officer Rooney, this wonderful group of AMS employees, and all who donated to make Thanksgiving bountiful for the receiving families. Thank You!!