NHRS Comes Up Big for OSC

Thanks to Events Throughout the Year, Workers Sponsor 28 Children

As we’ve often said, Operation Santa Claus isn’t just a holiday thing. It’s a 365-day-a-year effort to make sure that all children have something to open on Christmas.

The New Hampshire Retirement System has been planning all year for Operation Santa Claus. It all came together when workers there dropped off gifts for 28 children on Tuesday morning. Their work began with a fundraiser 10 months ago.

“Last February, we held a hot luncheon where the employees brought in all kinds of crock pots full of warm and delicious food,” said Cindy Lanoie, an SEA member and worker at NHRS. “We had corn chowder, chili, crock pot lasagna and meatballs to name just a few. And of course, we then topped that off with many scrumptious desserts. All for one low price of only $5 each.”

In June, workers held a breakfast fundraiser, which included tasty french toast, bacon and sausages. Later, on Halloween, volunteers held a bake sale “for all of us goblins.” All of those fundraisers allowed the staff there to surpass their goal for the year.

“With a staff of 62 employees, we have been able to sponsor 28 children this year, thanks to the generosity of everyone here at NHRS who either sponsored a child, donated funds or participated in one of our charity events,” said Judith Brideau, an SEA member, who with Lanoie helped organize efforts at NHRS. “We set ourselves a goal of beating last year’s tally of 22 children by just one more child, but we surpassed it by six. We are already thinking of ideas for next year, so stay tuned.”

Lanoie mentioned, as a side note, that NHRS is currently sponsoring a drive for the Capital Regional Food Program, which covers families in the Greater Concord Area who are in desperate need of food.

There is no end to the generosity of the NH Retirement System employees, and they’re not alone. If you’re doing a fundraiser, please let us know and we’ll gladly promote it in SEA communications. Thank you for all you do during the holidays and throughout the year.

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