By Mike Wade
Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Lauren Reed (left) and Erin Moleon, members of the NRVCS Human Resources Department, were responsible for coordinating the “Help for the Holidays” effort.

The holidays should be a bit brighter for dozens of local children and teens this Christmas, thanks to the generosity of staff at NRVCS.

Team members at the behavioral health agency just completed their annual “Help for the Holidays” drive, an effort focused on children served through NRVCS’ school-based programs that are identified as not receiving holiday support through any other community resource.

The drive has continued to grow since it started three years ago. Last year, NRVCS staff purchased gifts for 27 children. This time around, employees were able to serve a total of 59 young people. Some individual staff or departments within the agency “adopted” children, while others made monetary contributions to the effort. In all, NRVCS employees donated $2,200 in cash to make sure children on the list were taken care of.

Each child receives essential items like clothing and shoes as well as at least one “fun” gift – such as a toy or game from their wish list.

This effort is spearheaded by the agency’s Human Resources department, with employees Lauren Reed and Erin Moleon taking the lead as coordinators. Several other staff chipped in to volunteer their time and wrap gifts so they could be delivered to children before the Christmas holiday.

“I think this is a great example of how our staff consistently goes above and beyond the scope of their regular job responsibilities in support of our mission to enhance lives,” noted NRVCS Executive Director James Pritchett.