In the spirit of the holidays and fulfillment of Brightspot's mission to give back to its local community, on Tuesday, December 16, employees from the Reston-based company assembled 50 bicycles to donate to children at the Calomiris and Capital View YMCA branches in Washington, DC.
"When Lisa and I started Brightspot, we baked giving back into the fabric of the company. This holiday project allows all of our employees to come together in support of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, which offers so much, day in and day out, to families in the District. We hope the gift of these bicycles and helmets will provide these children with a holiday they’ll never forget,” said David Gang, co-founder of Brightspot.
On Friday, December 19, Perfect Sense employees loaded two U-Haul trucks with bicycles and helmets and drove them to the YMCA to surprise the children. "Building the bikes on Tuesday was great fun; however, seeing the joy on the children's faces when we delivered them on Friday was a special memory that I will truly cherish," reflected Maegan Farnum, a quality assurance engineer.
"Bicycles are such an important rite of passage that teach kids about goal setting, patience, hand-eye coordination, and healthy living,” shares Angie Reese-Hawkins, President & CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. “We are so grateful for this timely donation by Brightspot to spread cheer this holiday season with a gift that will keep giving.”
For the past two summers, Brightspot has provided scholarships to send 30 children to YMCA Camp Letts, in Edgewater, Maryland. “Providing a memorable experience for these children is so important for our company. After the success of the past two summers and the notes we received from campers and parents, we wanted to continue to grow our relationship with the Y,” said Lisa Beaudoin, co-founder of Brightspot.
Supporting Brightspot in this effort is its neighbor at the Reston Town Center, The Bike Lane. Providing the bicycles and helmets at a discounted cost, as well as several mechanics for the morning to oversee the assembly, The Bike Lane continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local youth. “For years, we have partnered with the local YMCA and Reston Triathlon to help spread the joy of cycling. We are so excited to join in this effort to bring holiday cheer to children in Washington, DC,” commented The Bike Lane’s owner, Anne Mader.
Before leaving the Capital View branch, the Brightspot delivery team was given holiday ornaments, made by YMCA children, as a sign of appreciation. These ornaments, now hanging in offices at Brightspot, serve as a valuable reminder of the spirit of the holidays and the continued effort by Brightspot to serve its community.