Oh What Fun It is! Westinghouse Employees Spread Holiday Cheer

December 21, 2018 by Westinghouse Electric Company
Categories: Outreach

All around the world, Westinghouse employees are coming together to celebrate, give back and make merry this holiday season.

Angel Tree Project
New Stanton, Pennsylvania, United States

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Our New Stanton employees have shared Christmas joy with nearly 1,000 young people throughout the last 16 years.

For the past 16 years, the employees at the New Stanton site have participated in an angel tree project in support of students in need from nearby Nicely and Metzgar Elementary schools in the Greensburg Salem School District. This year, 50 employees purchased clothing and toys, helping to grant the wishes of 60 angels from our community.

Over the past 16 years, approximately 900 young people have had a brighter Christmas thanks to the Westinghouse New Stanton family. Often, the gifts that the children receive from Westinghouse are the only gifts under their tree.

Build-A-Bike, Westinghouse Warrendale
Warrendale, Pennsylvania, United States

The Westinghouse Warrendale facility hosted their fifth annual build-a-bike event on Thursday, December 13. Thirty employees volunteered their lunch break to build bikes for children and teens at MHY Family Services.

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The bikes built by employees will go to local children and teens in-need this holiday season.

“We are so grateful to each and every one of you for providing this special gift for the youth in our care,” said Amy Smith, director of development, MHY Family Services, in an email to volunteers.

“Please know that for many of our youth, this will be the best gift they will receive this year. It will not only serve for fun, but also as a way to travel to school, a part-time job, even to see friends and family.”

Children's Hospital Collection
New Stanton, Pennsylvania, United States

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Santa and the elves made the rounds to support patients at UPMC Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh.

Santa Claus and his elves recently visited with office and shop employees at the New Stanton site and collected $900 for UPMC Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Goody Day, Westinghouse Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility
Hopkins, South Carolina, United States

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Employees celebrating Goody Day in the Maintenance Area, which was shut down for the festivities.

On Friday, December 14, Westinghouse employees at Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility and the Pinnacle Point celebrated Goody Day.

Goody Day is the annual celebration in December when employees at the location bring in their favorite treats to share. It’s a great day to visit different departments, eat, enjoy the holidays and share in some fun with coworkers.

Lucia Celebrations
Västerås, Sweden

The Lucia celebrations on December 13 represent are a longstanding and prominent cultural tradition in Sweden. A Lucia, chosen often by drawing, is adorned with candles – often battery powered – and accompanied by handmaidens and star boys, clad in white gowns, to sing traditional songs.

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Students from a local music school visited local companies to perform the Lucia procession.

Its origins date back to ancient times, though the first recorded celebration with the Lucia in white dates back to the 18th century. Lucia, a mythical figure, is believed to bring light during the dark winters. Growing up, all Swedes learn the standard Lucia song – though not all can sing it in tune! Each year, Westinghouse employees in Sweden enjoy a visit from Lucia and her parade, as portrayed by local students.

Salvation Army Holiday Stars Program
Newington, New Hampshire, United States

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Westinghouse employees in New Hampshire supported local children and seniors through the Salvation Army Holiday Stars Program.

Over the past decade, employees at the Nuclear Components Manufacturing site in Newington, New Hampshire have continued a tradition of collecting unwrapped gifts and gift cards for the Salvation Army Stars program. This year, the plant family supported 42 stars, who represented a child or senior in need from their local community. Employees donated store and movie gift cards, clothing and toys.

Toy Drive for Madison’s Christmas Wish List
Shoreview, Minnesota, United States

For the second year in a row, employees at Westinghouse Shoreview demonstrated how big their hearts were by donating more than 600 unwrapped toys to Madison’s Christmas Wish List.

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Westinghouse Shoreview employees celebrate the life of Madison by bringing joy to other pediatric oncology patients like her.

Madison was a 9-year-old oncology patient at St. Paul Children’s Hospital who suffered from brain cancer. Madison cared so deeply for the children suffering through treatment like her that she started this drive to have a special gift for each child and their sibling when they came in for treatment or exams. Sadly, Madison lost her battle with cancer in 2007, but with the help of our family at the Shoreview site and other Minnesotans, her wish to help others lives on!

Toys for Tots, Westinghouse Southwestern Pennsylvania
Blairsville, Churchill, Cranberry, Warrendale and Waltz Mill, Pennsylvania, United States

Five Westinghouse facilities came together to do a join drive supporting the local Marines Toys for Tots. Employees donated nearly forty bags of toys and raised $1,800 to purchase toys in the Penguins ticket raffle.

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Hundreds of gifts were collected during the Southwestern Pennsylvania toy drive.

Staff members from the local Toys for Tots, as well as a U.S. Marine, joined us for a cookie gathering on Wednesday, December 12 to celebrate the season and our employees’ remarkable generosity.

Treasures for Children
Western Pennsylvania, United States

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The Quarterman team provided more than 20 volunteer hours to support the cause!

Members of the Westinghouse Quarterman Group, a professional network of African-American employees, spent the morning of Wednesday, December 12 with Treasures for Children, preparing more than 300 toys to benefit local area children in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Salvation Army.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Competition
Cranberry, Pennsylvania, United States

Now in its third year, the Ugly Holiday Sweater Competition at Westinghouse Cranberry Woods Headquarters is an employee favorite. Categories include best overall, most original, most creative, funniest and beyond ugly. Congratulations to all of the winners!

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With so much creativity, it was hard to pick the winners!