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Last month I visited a daycare center in Allentown, PA to deliver a contribution and see the children who would soon benefit from it. One little guy started anxiously tugging on my skirt. I kept smiling at him but at the same time tried to pay attention to the staff who was sharing statistics, budget figures and other business information. Finally the little boy won out – I excused myself from eye contact and knelt down to see what the deal was.

He was excited over this small test tube with a vinegar and baking soda mixture in it, which caused some bubbling (aka “explosion”). He told me it was magic and that his big brother (who loved basketball – I got all sorts of random details) was going to want to take him in for 3rd grade show-and-tell when he saw it and maybe the two of them would even be on TV. He couldn’t wait to go to “big school” himself and study bugs and guitar. This little kid was on fire for science, and for learning in general. His enthusiasm is the best “thank-you” a community volunteer could hope for.

At Susquehanna, Doing What Counts is more than a slogan; it’s a commitment, and one that our staff lives every day. From teaching kids to save money to planting gardens and cleaning up trash from our streets; from walking around high school tracks in solidarity with cancer survivors during Relay for Life to pounding nails and sawing boards with Habitat homeowners-to-be. Susquehanna is a company with a heart for the community, and our employees prove it. We’re running a Twitter campaign called Tweet2Feed that will allow users to donate food to local food banks. We will also be collecting toys for kids in need.

Thanks to contributions from generous neighbors and companies, that little boy from Allentown can participate in projects that fuel his excitement for learning. And hundreds of other kids will have toys to open over the holidays, and thousands more will receive extra food for their cupboards. It’s a pretty great feeling.

How are you giving back to your community this holiday season?

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