In early December a team of SITA staff spent a volunteer day inspecting, sorting and packing groceries at the Atlanta Community Food Bank . They distribute donated grocery products to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies supporting families in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Rio de Janeiro
A huge collection of toys and donations at the SITA Rio office joined many others to be distributed in a special Christmas Party for children living on the former landfill site, Jd. Gramacho. Though the landfill closed in June 2012, more than 500 families of "pickers" – “catadores” in Portuguese – live there. They survive by sorting through the garbage to find recyclables. The toy collection and party was organized by local NGO “Corrente pelo Bem” to give the children of these families hope at Christmas.
Ten SITA Montreal employees raced up 41 flights of stairs in a downtown high-rise as part of this year’s Centraide fundraising campaign. The proceeds of the sponsored race, a waffle sale and direct online donations totaled 839 CAD (US$625). They went towards helping young children attend a specialist-led early childhood stimulation workshop to prepare for kindergarten.
This year’s contribution to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) Run for the Cure event was the highest total to date at just over 1,000 CAD (US$765). CBCF invests these dollars in the most promising breast cancer research that is leading the way in prevention, diagnosis , treatment and care.
In October the SITA Veterans Employee Resource Group sponsored a week of recognition and a “Wear RED Day”. The acronym RED stands for “Remember Everyone Deployed” in honor of military service members serving away from home. Through “Wear RED Day” efforts through the year, SITA Atlanta raised over US$1,700 for the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport USO.