On Tuesday, December 15, Brightspot employees came together for a full day of efforts dedicated to the company's charitable mission. The day began with a canned-food drive and letter-writing campaign for troops serving abroad; however, the highlight was the 2nd annual holiday bike build benefiting local YMCA branches.
The morning kicked off with a canned food drive to benefit Cornerstones, Reston’s community shelter. With nearly every employee participating, Brightspot collected over 750 cans to fill the pantry at Cornerstones, providing valuable relief to low-income area families.
Throughout the day, employees also gathered in the lobby to write personal notes of appreciation to service members currently stationed overseas. With the help of A Million Thanks, we were able to write and deliver 125 letters to service members thanking them for their sacrifices.
Retired Staff Sergeant Andrew Bachelder (USMC), who was wounded while serving in Afghanistan, visited Brightspot for the day and spoke about his experience in the Marine Corps and his recovery. His moving story touched the heart of every employee.
“Taking a few minutes of our day to think about and thank our soldiers serving abroad was so rewarding,” reflected Kaitlyn Smith, a visual designer at Brightspot. “Having Andrew here allowed all of us to see, first-hand, the sacrifice that these people make and the bravery they show every day fighting for us.”
To conclude the day of service, the entire office joined together to build 50 bicycles to be distributed by the YMCA as holiday presents to low-income families. With help of two mechanics from The Bike Lane, our team flew threw the assembly and a fleet of brightly colored bikes filled the hallways.
“Nothing feels better than giving back, so I was beyond excited to help during this year’s bike build. The whole QA group really built some great sets of wheels (all Brightspot certified of course)! I’m sure the kids will have just as much fun riding them as we did making them,” remarked Faith Walker, a software quality assurance engineer.
The following week, two teams of Brightspot employees loaded up U-Hauls and delivered the bikes to 4 different branches throughout DC, where the bikes were given as holiday gifts to children from low-income families.
Our holiday day of service is one of many events throughout the year that fulfills Brightspot's mission to provide opportunity and hope to children from disadvantaged backgrounds, while providing employees with an opportunity to make a difference in their community.