In honor of C&A Industries’ (parent company of Aureus Group) annual holiday philanthropy project named AurElves, Aureus Group treated 39 teenage boys to a Holiday Party with all the trimmings, an event Aureus Group has hosted for the past few years.
Residents of Cooper Village (http://www.utahalee-cooper.org/), a residential treatment center for adolescent boys, were provided with a pizza party, personalized gifts selected from their individual wish lists, as well as Wii video games, two DVD players, various board games, sporting equipment, a digital drum set, and an acoustic guitar to be shared and used by the entire Cooper Village community.
Although not all Aureus Group employees were able to attend the party, everyone helped plan and support the event in some way from working with area businesses to secure donations, bringing in food for Aureus Group’s breakfast fundraiser, or wrapping the donated gifts. Everyone’s collaborative efforts made the event a huge successful and the children were very excited to have our company come in and host a holiday party for them.
With the support of Oscars Pizza, Costco, Wal-Mart, Scheel’s, Hy-Vee, the UNO hockey team, and Godfathers Pizza, in addition to the personal donations from Aureus Group and C&A employees, many lives were touched by our efforts.
Although all of the kids were extremely grateful, some of kids in particular stick out. One young man had asked for a cowboy hat and although I grew up in Blair, NE I couldn’t tell you were to locate something like that. Susan P. went out of her way to track down the hat, and I wish she could have been there to see the smile on his face. One of the kids has intentions of attending Metro Community College and received a back pack and school supplies. Although this isn’t something you consider fun, you could tell how excited he was to have everything he needs to further his education. Another kid actually said, “I can’t believe someone would do this for me.”
Those at Cooper Village were not the only ones touched by the event, all of Aureus Group felt lucky to take part in such a worthwhile project.