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Many families in our local communities are unable to celebrate Christmas as they struggle to provide the basic necessities of food and shelter. In response to this critical need, the employees of Pride Mobility coordinated a donation drive to benefit the Catherine McAuley Center by collecting toys for children who might otherwise never experience the magic of Christmas.

“We are grateful beyond words for everyone at Pride Mobility who was a part of this amazing project,” said Krista Somers, executive director of the Catherine McAuley Center. “Thanks to their generosity and thoughtfulness, children in need will be able to share in the joy of the Christmas season.”

A local nonprofit organization, the Catherine McAuley Center has responded to the needs of homeless women and children in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties since 1984 by providing housing and supportive services. The center depends on the support of donors like Pride Mobility to sustain its mission and services.

Pride Mobility Products Corp. sees this service project as an extension of the work the company does every day, helping people live their lives to the fullest through its personal mobility products. Pride also gives back to the community in many different ways.

“The generosity of our employees was overwhelming for our Christmas in July toy drive,” said Denise Truesdale, vice president of human resources. “We strive to go above and beyond to show our employees how much we appreciate them knowing they do the same for our customers. The week-long Christmas in July celebration is now a tradition at Pride and includes festive decorations and attire, plenty of employee giveaways, cookouts and showcasing our employees in our holiday video that is filmed throughout the week. The toy drive benefiting the Catherine McAuley Center children was a great privilege to top off our week of celebration.”

To help Catherine McAuley Center or to find out more about its services, call 570-342-1342.

From left, are Jenny Blanchard, development coordinator, Catherine McAuley Center; Denise Truesdale, vice president of human resources, Pride Mobility; Krista Somers, executive director, Catherine McAuley Center.