Something that sets Reveal apart from most other companies I know is not only how folks here promote volunteering time for charitable causes, but the fact that so many people here actually do so and on a regular basis. Maybe it’s because I spend more time this time of the year than any other feeling blessed for all I have and realizing how most of the people in the world have so little that I’ve chosen to share an experience I had last year. Traveling regularly, I don’t typically devote time to our Friday give-back events, but I was in our Naperville office for one event last year, so it worked out. I was off to Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) in Aurora, IL!
After an orientation session, we washed our hands, donned hair nets, and headed into the assembly room. The Reveal gang separated into two teams, each consisting of enough people to scoop food, bag it, weigh each bag, seal, and stack. We weren’t the only ones there; the room was large, and it was full of volunteers.
Having never done this before, I was a bit out of my comfort zone, but it turned out to be fun! The assembly process moved along as upbeat music played in the background. Ed Elsbury couldn’t resist making supply chain references throughout (like receiving a “stock transfer” of bags to seal from the other Reveal team). Martin Rowan did his best to engage us with talk of gardening, ABBA music, and favorite movies, but I was so focused on my task at hand (holding the bag for the scoopers) that I couldn’t think of a single movie, let alone pinpoint a favorite (grossly unfair question anyway).
When time was up, we were given instructions for cleaning our stations and by the time we were done, all the bags had been boxed and shrink wrapped. We all stood around the large package while the FMSC leader said a prayer for those who had given their time to help, for the safe journey of the food, and for those desperately in need of it. In the end, everyone in the room packed 143 boxes holding approximately 61,776 meal servings. We ended the session by watching a video of before-and-after footage of children who had been helped by the FMSC program. By the end of the video, I couldn’t help feeling emotional.
After the event, I met my husband Greg for pizza (not something made from a soy and potato mixture – PIZZA). I thought about how I can eat anything I want whenever I want. I thought about how the chances are excellent that I’ll never have to know what it’s like to be starving, and I felt very fortunate and very grateful. I hope I won’t soon forget how that felt.Tags: Culture, Give Back, Reveal, Volunteer