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A Time to Give

Raytheon employees are letting their generosity shine in December

Raytheon Missile Systems employees (left to right) Pam Park, Cathy Hambrock (retired) and Sarah Sydnor Keneston help U.S. Air Force airmen and master sergeants during Operation Warmheart, a gift drive to benefit military families at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. The drive was among many ways Raytheon employees demonstrated the company's culture of volunteerism in December.

They’re buying bicycles and other gifts for military families. They’re putting care packages together for troops abroad. And like elves in Santa’s workshop, they’re even building wooden toys to give children a little holiday joy.

Raytheon employees are letting their spirit of generosity shine in December with a host of volunteer efforts across the country, many them aimed at helping members of the armed services and veterans. At least one project will send some cheer halfway around the world.

Here’s a sampling of their wide-ranging efforts:

Raytheon employees (left to right) Elna Diaz, Shayla Roseberry and Yolanda Recovo show some of the toys their organization, Raytheon El Paso for Advancement Charity and Helping, donated to the Fort Bliss Operation Santa Claus program. The drive provides toys and other gifts to more thanm 2,000 military families, as well as about 800 families affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Many of this year’s activities were coordinated by employee groups such as the Raytheon Women’s Network and RAYVETS. Others, such as the care packages to Kuwait, came up more spontaneously – and they reflect employees’ willingness to help wherever needed.
"The support and enthusiasm we got, especially from leadership and our peers, was outstanding,” said Tom Lydon, who initiated the idea. “It wasn't a question of should, it's a question of how.”
 

Published: 12/02/2015

Last Updated: 12/07/2015

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