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PEC raises more than $1,500 for Meals on Wheels Christmas baskets

Employees deliver holiday spirit to 11 Johnson City-area senior citizens

Tradition. It’s what makes the season of giving extraordinary and magical. And while families across the Hill Country will be celebrating with their unique traditions, PEC employees have been busy with one of their own: delivering Christmas baskets and singing holiday carols to Johnson City senior citizens every December.

This year, we raised $1,539 to fill baskets with Christmas goodies, wholesome food and household items for 11 senior citizens. On Dec. 19, PEC employees helped pack baskets while others dressed up as Santa, Mrs. Claus and 10 holiday carolers to deliver the baskets to the seniors’ homes.

Mrs. Claus hugs woman
Mrs. Claus can’t help but give a hug full of love to one of our Meals on Wheels recipients.

“Just to see the smiles on these senior citizens’ faces when Mr. and Mrs. Claus brought their baskets was heartwarming,” PEC Project Manager Shelly Flowers said. “I think I can speak for the rest of the group when saying our PEC people get just as much out of the experience as they do.”

All year long, a team of our information technology (IT) employees uses their lunch breaks to deliver food to Johnson City-area seniors with health or financial issues through the Meals on Wheels program. But during the week of Christmas, Meals on Wheels doesn’t deliver. That’s why our IT staff have taken it upon themselves to manage and collect donations for baskets every year. Whether it’s a pair of socks or a box of crackers, our IT department bought items from recipients’ wish lists to make sure these seniors had everything they need to keep their spirits bright during the holidays.

“We consider these people surrogate grandparents, so you can imagine that we always have their best interest at heart,” Flowers said. “None of this would have been possible without our PEC family, so thank you to everyone who helped make it happen!”