Jan. 11, 2012 - ERIE Employees delivered holiday wishes to Pfeiffer-Burleigh students from kindergarten up to eighth grade.
Stockings were filled with gifts and necessary items such as pencils, erasers, hats and gloves. Each present helped ensure that every student had something to open during the holidays.
“Attendance was up this year because many of these children don’t have money or the means of getting presents,” says assistant principal of Pfeiffer-Burleigh, Jeffrey Boam. “So when Erie Insurance comes, it’s a delight.”
In addition to receiving gifts, students were treated to a holiday concert by the ERIE Employee Choir. The group — consisting of Employees from Actuarial, Commercial Processing, Product Configuration and other areas — performed for students from third grade to eighth grade.
Younger students enjoyed the attention of Twinkle the Clown, who provided them with smiles and balloons. Rotations were made to various stations for face painting and crafts, which ERIE volunteers helped with.
Another way ERIE helped was by adopting nine needy Pfeiffer-Burleigh families. Several ERIE divisions, including Office of the President, Commercial Underwriting, Corporate Services, Personal Lines, Actuarial and Information Technology, appointed volunteers who shopped for each family. Not only did the “adopted” families receive clothes and personal care items, but something fun, too. In addition, Employees donated items — everything from board games to stuffed animals. All wrapped gifts were brought in to the school and distributed on Dec.16.
“It was meaningful to see so many ERIE Employees come through for the kids and families in the Erie community,” says Bonnie Daughenbaugh, Pfeiffer-Burleigh chairperson. “Through ERIE’s generosity, warmth and joy was felt during this holiday season for many in our Erie area.”