Reynolds and Reynolds Associates help Deliver Teddy Bears and Holiday Cheer
to the Children’s Medical Center of Dayton
DAYTON, Ohio - December 14, 2011 - Reynolds and Reynolds associates today helped spread early holiday cheer throughout the Children’s Medical Center of Dayton by delivering hundreds of teddy bears to children in the hospital. The Reynolds and Reynolds Associate Foundation teamed with Santa's Gift, a nonprofit organization based in Illinois, to purchase and deliver the stuffed animals.
Jim Penikas, a Reynolds associate, has played the role of Santa for the Santa's Gift event in Dayton for three years. Penikas said: "It's difficult to explain the emotional lift you get from doing this. Faces light up when Santa just walks down the hall, not just from the children, but doctors, nurses, and parents react positively, too. The children absolutely beam at Santa. He's there with them in what may be a very scary place for them. It's a gratifying experience and one I look forward to every year."
Santa's Gift is a non-profit organization based in Chicago. Mark Brant, a Reynolds Sales associate in Chicago, volunteers to lead Santa's Gift. Since 1996 the organization has reached out to more than 30 children's hospitals throughout 10 states. Currently there are 14 designated Santa’s that visit children and have delivered more than 4,500 new teddy bears that say "
I am Loved." This is the third year the Reynolds Associate Foundation provided a grant to Santa's Gift to support their efforts and continue their commitment toward improving the community.
"We are proud to support the efforts of Santa's Gift," said Gary Reinhardt, a Reynolds Associate and Foundation Trustee. "It's important for us to help financially and to be there when Santa interacts with the children and their families. It's a reminder that the holidays are about giving and sharing in a selfless way with one another."
The Reynolds and Reynolds Associate Foundation was established in 1956 when Reynolds associates pooled their donations to provide financial support to local charities. The Foundation now reaches out to eight counties in the Dayton area.
Reynolds and Reynolds was founded in Dayton, Ohio, in 1866 and has been headquartered in the area continuously since then. Today, with associates throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, Reynolds and Reynolds is the automotive industry's leading provider of automobile dealership software, services, and forms to help dealers improve business results. The company's other major U.S. locations include Houston and College Station, Texas, and Celina, Ohio. (www.reyrey.com)
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