Participating in charity fundraisers during the holiday season has become a long-standing tradition with the support team members at the Proforma (PPAI 196835, D13) Worldwide Support Centers in Cleveland, Ohio, and Tampa, Florida. Each year team members pull together to collect donations for children and families in the local area and to help spread holiday cheer to local residents. This year the Cleveland Support Center donated more than 700 items to Providence House of Cleveland. In addition, both support centers in Cleveland and Tampa identified local nursing homes to send holiday greeting cards and words of good cheer to residents who are shut-in and alone this holiday season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The support team members from Cleveland chose to support Providence House of Cleveland, Ohio’s first, and one of the nation’s longest-operating, crisis nurseries in the U.S. and Canada due to the growing demand for essential items for infants and children of the Greater Cleveland community. Everyone involved had to get creative this year to ensure the requested items, and the subsequent donations were collected in a manner that was safety conscious and socially distanced. In order to do so, members of the Providence House Team worked closely with representatives from the Proforma Support Center to establish an online donation site that shipped purchased items directly to the recipients in need.

“The amount of donations that we’ve received for the Providence House fundraiser has been amazing. It’s incredible to not only meet but exceed the goals we had set for this year. It is truly such a great feeling to be a part of something so special and I want to personally thank all of the employees who donated to the Providence House charity event this year,” says Vera Muzzillo, CAS, CEO of Proforma.

Donations included an abundance of requested toys, educational tools, clothing, arts and crafts and other valuable items. In addition, Proforma also provided new fleece blankets and reusable cloth masks to the Providence House charity for distribution.

“It’s so wonderful to see our Support Center Team Members rally around and throughout the community, especially during these particularly trying times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are so proud of our team and wish to thank everyone who donated this holiday season,” says Kathy Mayo, Proforma’s director of human resources.