Keith is a die-hard Angels fan, Dhawal loves greeting people with a shy wave, Andy is always smiling, Marco is quiet and sweet, and Syed is attentive and loving. Every day, we are blessed with the joy and energy that this group brings to our We’ve Got Your Back program. Syed, the job coach, has worked as a job coach at Goodwill for 5 years with the same clients, calling them his “second family.” They first started volunteering at Giving Children Hope 4 years ago in Global Operations and then started to volunteer in our We’ve Got Your Back program. For the first 3 hours of their day, they spend their time here sorting food, breaking down cardboard boxes, restocking our shelves, and assisting any corporate volunteers who visit. They then go out for lunch together at one of their favorite restaurants – either McDonald’s or Carl’s Jr. – and end their day either bowling or at another volunteer site.
When we asked Syed what three qualities encompass his group, he answered proudly, “They are extremely hard-working, they love serving the community, and they love sports.” He also told us that they love coming to Giving Children Hope every day, especially because of the friendly staff. Syed says that they are “grateful for the opportunity GCHope gives for [them] to work here.” But in reality, we are the grateful ones. The smiles, waves, hugs, and heart that this group brings to our warehouse are priceless. Thank you, Keith, Dhawal, Andy, Marco, and Syed, for making this world (and our warehouse) a better place!