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From December 11 - 17, 2019, Vedder Price participated in a “Week of Giving” as part of the Vedder Cares program and to give back to the communities in which we operate in this holiday season. The Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York and London offices each held their own gift drives alongside holiday celebrations throughout the week. 

In Chicago, employees collected over 100 gifts for Letters to Santa, sending clothes, toys, and other holiday essentials to underprivileged children in the Greater Chicago area. In addition, the office also collected donations and resident requested items for Misericordia, a nonprofit which assists persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities. San Francisco and Washington, DC participated in a toy collection for Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents are unable to afford Christmas gifts. The New York office collected gifts for Kids for Kids, an organization that supports children and families struggling with medical challenges. In Los Angeles, employees worked with the Brown Bag Lady to stuff socks with essentials for people living on Skid Row. The London office participated in Christmas Jumper Day, an event benefiting Save the Children UK where employees made a donation to the charity allowing them to wear a holiday sweater for the day.

In addition to the gift drives, employees also took part in various competitions on behalf of a chosen charity. Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC held Ugly Sweater competitions, with the winner receiving a check to their designated charity from the firm. The Los Angeles office held a cookie competition, again awarding the winner with a donation to their chosen charity. For more information or to learn how to support the charities mentioned above, please follow the links below. 

About Letters to Santa:

Letters to Santa aims to rebuild hope where it’s been damaged or lost. We work with those in need, those who are underprivileged, and those who are under served. Our focus lies on community efforts, including clothing, toys, food aid, and community awareness. We firmly believe it takes a village to raise a child, and if you work on creating the most well equipped society you can, so many problems simply work themselves out. To learn more about Letters to Santa, click here.

About Misericordia:

Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home.. To learn more about Misericordia, click here.

About Toys for Tots:

The Foundation raises funds, purchases toys, provides promotional and support materials, manages all funds raised and donated, solicits corporate support, educates the public, and handles day-to-day operations. Presently, the Marine Toys for Tots Program distributes an average of 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children annually. To learn more about Toys for Tots, click here.

About Kids for Kids:

Kids for Kids Foundation is a community of friends, families, and colleagues raising money for organizations that support children and families struggling with medical challenges. Our family-focused events celebrate all that we have to be grateful for and serve to inspire the next generation of humanitarians – our children. When a child becomes sick or struggles with health issues, it impacts the entire family unit, turning all of their lives upside down. That is why we focus on supporting organizations that serve both children and their families. To learn more, please click here.

About Brown Bag Lady:

Brown Bag Lady started in March 2014. The organization collects clothes and other donations as well as provides meals on Christmas day to residents of Skid Row. To learn more, please click here.

About Save the Children UK:

Save the Children exists to help every child reach their full potential. We make sure children stay safe, healthy and keep learning. We find new ways to reach children who need us most, no matter where they’re growing up. On Friday December 13, millions of people across the UK wear a silly jumper and donate £2 towards the charity. To learn more, please click here.