Members of DuPont’s Public Affairs (PA) team recently donned gloves and hair nets before getting down to business in the kitchen, thrift shop and food warehouse at the Sunday Breakfast Mission in downtown Wilmington, Del., as part of a United Way Days of Caring event.
The following week, another group from PA gathered to make fleece blankets for patients at Wilmington’s Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
“I was proud to see so many members of our team come together to help give back to our community,” said Anthony Farina, director of Global Public Affairs. “It was an honor to be able to help two important organizations that are doing so much to help children and families in our area.”
About 20 Public Affairs employees, led by PA’s United Way Co-chairs Heather Read and Cathie Barton, volunteered at the Sunday Breakfast Mission. Some prepared meals in both the men’s and women’s kitchens, whipping up everything from mashed potatoes to pumpkin cookies. Some sorted food in the warehouse for use in Thanksgiving boxes for needy families and others sorted, tagged and hung clothing for the Mission’s Thrift Store.
“Your team was so great today,” J. Morgner, Mission advancement manager, said in a note to Cathie afterward. “Thanks for spreading out throughout the building and making a real difference in so many areas.”
The Sunday Breakfast Mission serves the homeless, addicted and impoverished through Christ-centered programs to meet their spiritual, social and physical needs. The organization offers shelter for more than 280 homeless men, women and children nightly, long-term substance abuse programs for 90 homeless and addicted men and women and community meals for more than 200 people daily.
A few days after working at the Sunday Breakfast Mission, the PA team gathered around a conference room table in the DuPont Building to make colorful and warm fleece blankets for patients at A. I. duPont Hospital for Children. The blankets consist of two pieces of rectangular-shaped fleece paired together and cut around the edges to create tabs that are then tied together to make the two pieces of fleece into one blanket.
The hospital gives about 100 blankets a month to patients, though they could give out more if they had them, said Alaina Norvell, child life administrative assistant at the hospital. They also include them in gift packages for children who have to spend Christmas in the hospital.
“We love the fleece blankets,” Alaina said. “The kids love them. It’s an instant way to brighten up a room. The white, boring hospital stuff is not great for kids. The bright, cuddly, fun blankets let them show their personality and make it look more like home than a hospital.”