Archives for December 2015

AGL VA Office Supports the Angel Tree Program

20151203_132312The Virginia AGLEF continued their support of the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program in December of 2015. The Angel Tree program is designed to help ensure that each child will receive a very special Christmas gift during the holiday season. One way they are able to accomplish this is by purchasing gifts for kids in need with funds collected during red kettle drives at local stores and business, they also put Christmas Trees in stores to allow someone to select their own Angel and purchase gifts for their selected child and return these items back to the Salvation Army for distribution.20151203_163833

The AGLEF VA office has supported this program each year and wanted to do so in 2015. They also wanted to give even more than in the past and encouraged employees to give back and get involved in our community. An Angel Tree was placed in the VA office and employees were encouraged to select an angel for themselves or in a group and purchase the items from that child’s wish list. In turn the AGLEF committed to a matching program that would allow 10 angels to be adopted by AGL. Generous employees answered the call for this in a BIG way by adopting 17 angels. AGL also adopted 10 angels serving 27 kids with a bright holiday.  The AGL VA office looks forward to helping with this program in the future.

AGL Volunteers at the Virginia Museum of Natural History Reptile Day Exhibit

On October 23 and 24th the Virginia Museum of Natural History held their annual Reptile Day Exhibit. This event helps teach kids about reptiles including various types of snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, and even an alligator. Cold Earth Encounters staff and animals were on hand during this two day special. On Friday October 23rd the museum was open to local schools to allow students the chance to see and hold animals. Kids were broken up into small groups and taken into different portions of the exhibit. The AGL VA office helped on October 23 during the classroom visits of several local schools. AGL employees helped to lead kids through the exhibit and even got to hold a few animals. The event continues on October 24, 2015 opening to the public attracting thousands of visitors to the museum including out of state enthusiasts that wanted to check out the cool animals on hand. AGL looks forward to helping with future events through the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

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AGL Volunteers to Help Sale Pumpkins at the Grace Network Pumpkin Patch

Each year Grace Networks hosts an annual pumpkin patch in city of Martinsville. There are a variety of pumpkins and gourds available to purchase by the community but more importantly with each purchase Grace Network receives a portion of the purchase cost to help local families in need. Grace Network supports the community in a couple of different ways. One of the major things they do is assist people with rent and utilities bills. This could be in the form of a higher than normal power bill to an unexpected medical cost that prevented someone from being able to pay their rent. Last year over $200,000 went to help people in the Martinsville and Henry County community in the rental and utility assistance program alone. They also support people in our area by providing food as needed from their food pantry. This food pantry is very different than most as they actually allow people in need to come into the pantry and select items they know will be used. This helps to prevent waist and empowers people for the future. In 2015 over $97,000 of food was given to those most in need in our community. The pumpkin patch sales help to support these vital program and the Martinsville VA office has worked with Grace Network in the past on this event and again helped to sale pumpkins at the pumpkin patch on October 22 and 30. The AGL VA offices looks forward to continue to help Grace Network in the near future.

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