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More than 700 Welch Allyn employees give back to community

Third annual “A Show of Hands” volunteer day offers help throughout CNY region

Welch Allyn employees Sheri O'Donnell, left, and Jamie Williams, right, make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Syracuse Rescue Mission at the July 13 Welch Allyn "A Show of Hands" corporate social responsibility campaign.

Welch Allyn employees Sheri O'Donnell, left, and Jamie Williams, right, make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Syracuse Rescue Mission at the July 13 Welch Allyn "A Show of Hands" corporate social responsibility campaign. Nikki Treleaven

— In addition to the employees out in the field, another 250 were lending a hand at the company’s headquarters in Skaneateles Falls. Under a huge tent, volunteers worked between various stations assembling military aid kits, assembling emergency personal care kits for Heart to Heart International, assembling college-ready kits for OnPoint for College and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the rescue mission in Syracuse.

“I feel great about helping people who obviously need it more than we do,” said volunteer Rebecca Hartman while checking the personal care kits for Heart to Heart International.

Volunteer Jamie Williams, while making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, said she saw just how appreciative non-profit organizations are about the help Welch Allyn’s volunteer campaign offered. “People who go up on stage and tell us how we’re helping; it’s overwhelming. People were getting emotional, I even got emotional,” Williams said.

“It’s all about giving back to the community, our company working together to donate time,” said volunteer Sharon Parker, trying to sum up her experience. “It’s a role model for other companies in the area; it’s a win, win.”

Along with Welch Allyn employees, this is the first year Welch Allyn partners joined in to help volunteer efforts in the local community. Companies participating included Cerner Corporations; Cardinal Health; PSS World Medical; Henry Schein; Staples, who donated many supplies used in the college-ready kits; McKesson Corporation; Marietta Corporation, a hotel amenities company who supplied soap and shampoo for the emergency personal care kits; Heart to Heart International; and members of the Health Industry Distributor Association.

Jason Emerson contributed to this report. Nikki Treleaven is an Eagle Newspapers contributor. She can be reached through the editor at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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