'Tis the season at OC

This holiday season has been the time to give back to the community in OrthoCarolina. OthoCarolina offers to pay for hours employees volunteer during work hours and I took full advantage. The first event I participated in with my OrthoCarolina team was Operation Christmas. A group of 12 went to pack boxes for children all around the world who cannot afford the type of Christmas we get every year. It was hard not to imagine the girl or boy who would be receiving the package you were stuffing with dolls, slippers, toothpaste, rings, balls, notebooks, pencils and crayons.  It was an energetic community service and one I haven’t done before.

'Tis the season at OC

The project I most recently participated in and am really excited to continue here with OrthoCarolina is a partnership with Camino Community. The event I volunteered for was their annual Turkey-giving event. The day started off with a small prayer before serving a meal prepared by the local staff and volunteers. Everyone was welcome to join. As people arrived they were given numbers to participate in the pantry “pan de vida”. We took individuals through the shelves and placed veggies, rice, beans, fruits, yogurt, eggs in their carts. The amount corresponded to the size of their family, which ranged from an individual to nine and at one point even 17 people. In the end, every family received a turkey, chicken or ham. I enjoyed being able to take the individual’s through the pantry and hear all about their families and stories. Midway through we started to run out of supplies in the pantry and OrthoCarolina team members ran quickly out to the store to replenish the stalks.  It was awesome to see so many people committed to a cause and have the OC team energized and ready to fill in any gaps. Although not everyone understand spanish (and trust me they heard a lot of it) you could tell that they were enjoying spending time with the community and helping out. I could see how much this experience created an impact on them.

At the end of the event, I got exciting news: from this volunteer opportunity emerged another. Dr. Murrey and Brent Shear talked to the directors of the center in an attempt to help set up a small clinic for orthopedic consults and physical therapy at free/small cost. They asked me to help as the mediator for this process. This New Year will be an exciting one! I am happy that OrthoCarolina found another way to give back to their community and I get to be actively involved. I appreciate how my role here in OrthoCarolina is slowly evolving!

 'Tis the season at OC

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