The holidays bring out the best in our employees. Here are a few of the ways our employees rallied together at locations across the country – and Canada – to make Christmas a little bit brighter for those in need.
Farmington, Utah Employees Gear Up to Spread the Warmth
The United Way Winter Gear Drive kicked off on November 14 at Vista Outdoor headquarters in Farmington, Utah. Luckily, it wrapped up just in time for the first winter snow storm. Employees had the opportunity to support our mission of Bringing the World Outside and help keep a child warm this winter by donating new clothing for girls and boys ages 4-18. Brand new socks, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, beanies, boots and coats were collected and distributed to students in local United Way Neighborhood Centers and schools.
Farmington, Utah Supports Primary Children’s Hospital
Vista Outdoor Corporate Headquarters participated in a silent auction for a Christmas tree from the Festival of Trees in Salt Lake City, Utah. The tree purchased was created and dedicated to the memory of Jonathon Craig White, a loving father of four, husband, son, brother, and friend. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and craftsman. He was diagnosed with a stage IV germ cell tumor at the age of 34. He fought a courageous battle for two years with his friends, family, and wife by his side the entire time. Jonathon loved to spend time outdoors and never let the disease get him down.
To honor Jonathon’s memory, and his love for the outdoors, the tree was decorated with an outdoor theme including silver deer, pinecones and antlers.
100 percent of the funds raised by the Festival of Trees benefits Primary Children’s Hospital. Primary Children’s Charity Care Program ensures that every child receives the best medical care possible, regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay.
Lakefield, Ontario Employees Raise Over $1,600 for Children’s Aid Society
It all started with Andrea, an employee at the Savage Arms facility in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada location. She came up with a plan called “Spirit Week” to help raise money for the Children’s Aid Society’s (CAS) Santa’s Sleigh campaign.
For one week in November, each day was given a theme: Monday was Camo Day, Tuesday was Crazy Hat Day, Wednesday was Bingo day and Thursday was Crazy Hair Day. More than 100 employees paid $10 each to participate in the week’s events.
Spirit Week ended with a raffle on Friday, raising the total donations to over $1,600 to purchase gifts for Santa’s Sleigh.
Here’s an excerpt from an email Andrea wrote about the event. “We honestly couldn’t be more excited. How amazing of a feeling to know that in just one week we raised enough money to be able to do this – we’re going to make magic for kids on Christmas – and give them something special they’ve asked for.”
She continues, “All too often we take for granted how fortunate we are. I know my kids are spoiled and take for granted that they have things and will always have things. But for those kids – that is certainly not the case. These things mean more to them than my own kids – so for that, I’m so grateful to be a part of this. Get back into the spirit of what it’s supposed to feel like doing things for people who need and deserve it.”
Lewiston, Idaho Employees Make the Christmas Break Plentiful for Families in Need
For the second year in a row, the international, law enforcement (LE), original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and government (GOV) customer service and sales teams partnered with local schools to support underprivileged children. The teams raised money and food donations – in addition to giving their Christmas Party allowance – for the Backpack Program.
The Backpack Program provides the resources for schools to send food home with children over the Christmas break. Employees also support a similar program over spring break. The initiative has proven to be a significant benefit to the families in the Lewis-Clark Valley.
Lewiston, Idaho Employees Sponsor Festival of Trees
Vista Outdoor is a proud sponsor of the Festival of Trees for the Tri- State Hospital Foundation in Lewiston, Idaho. The theme this year was “Powder Haven,” showcasing several Vista Outdoor brands, including, Savage, CCI, Federal Premium, BLACKHAWK!, Bollé, Bushnell and CamelBak.
The tree received the Carla Jo Kimmel Award and the Spirit of Nature Award and was decorated to reflect the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.
Through donations from local sponsors and Vista Outdoor, employees in Lewiston were able to help the foundation raise over $5,200. The money will aid in funding programs, services, and special equipment needs at the Tri-State Memorial Hospital.
Overland Park, Kansas Employees Support Operation Breakthrough
Bags and bags of gifts were donated by our employees for the make this Christmas extra special for two local families in need. Operation Breakthrough has collected enough gifts for more than 750 families in the Kansas City area and has given another opportunity for the parents to “shop” for their children.
Overland Park, Kansas Employees Send Combat Care Packages to Deployed Troops
Several employees from the Overland Park, Kansas office, gathered to assemble M-Pro7 Combat Care packages to be sent to soldiers overseas. Vista Outdoor brand M-Pro7’s Combat Care program gives consumers a unique opportunity to support deployed friends and family members. They expect to ship 20-30 of these packages per quarter. Consumers simply fill out a form with the soldier’s information and our employees do the rest. Packages are sent to deployed troops – free of charge – and include a variety of combat support items including hygiene products and magazines.
Find out how you can get involved with the M-Pro 7 Combat Care program.
Westfield, Massachusetts Employees Open Their Arms to 10 Little Angels
Savage Arms employees in Westfield, Massachusetts rallied together to “adopt” 10 children this holiday season through the Salvation Army’s Angel Program. Each child received a hat and gloves, a winter coat, snow pants, two outfits, a pair of pajamas, books, toys and a stuffed stocking.
Vista Outdoor Employees Ham it Up for a Good Cause
On December 22, CCI/Speer employees in Lewiston, Idaho, donated 70 holiday hams to the Community Action Lewiston Bank for deserving families in Lewis and Clark Valley.