For the second year in a row, the worldwide fashion retailer Macy’s Inc. has partnered with Brain Injury Services to provide over $6,000 in holiday gifts to 11 families of our Pediatric Department. By donating toys, tech gadgets, and clothes to the families, Macy’s stores, from all around the Northern Virginia area, have once again demonstrated their passion for giving back to local charity.
Last year one of Brain Injury Services’ staff members connected with Macy’s regional manager Claire Hamilton at a job fair. The relationship began with Macy’s and Ms. Hamilton’s willingness to partner with us in the hiring of a client through our Supported Employment Program. As our relationship grew with Ms. Hamilton, we learned about ways Macy’s gives back to its communities. It was only a matter of time before we were able to share with Ms. Hamilton the needs of our pediatric families and how their holiday giving program could make an impact.
Working with Macy’s last year was a remarkable experience, so we were grateful to hear that Macy’s was interested in doing the gift campaign again for our pediatric families. Director of Community Engagement at Brain Injury Services Michelle Thyen said, “Connecting with Macy’s again this year was such a privilege. We are honored that they chose to work with our pediatric families during another holiday season. We are blown away by their generosity!”
In celebration of this year’s gift donation, Macy’s employees were invited to Brain Injury Services’ ADAPT Clubhouse for a gift wrapping party! At the party, Macy’s employees worked with ADAPT Clubhouse members to make sure each gift was perfectly wrapped. Once the gifts were ready, volunteers from First Coast Security generously took their time to deliver the presents to the 11 families.
Brain Injury Services looks forward to a continued partnership with Macy’s and First Coast Security! The collaboration between these organizations and Brain Injury Services continues to yield a stronger and healthier community. This year’s contribution is another example of a win-win partnership for all.
We give a huge thank you to Claire Hamilton and the other staff from the Northern Virginia Macy’s locations for making this event a success.