This past quarter we incorporated some giving into our workplace here at Dubsado. It's important to always give. The people and organizations in need of resources will always be in need of the public's help. We had our huge sale in November and with that we did a giveaway. We chose to donate a dollar for each submission in that giveaway. Health is the most important thing to lead an enjoyable and vibrant life. It is with such pang in our hearts to know that there are children that may never leave the confines of a hospital room. With our support we hope we can help them have more enjoyable times while there. With our support we hope we can provide the hospital the resources it needs to more effectively treat diseases and disorders.
We had a total of 750 submissions. So that means that $750 will go to support human life and health in a way that St. Jude sees most fitting. No matter where we are from, what our backgrounds are, what our skin color is, taking care of each other should be our top priority. We couldn't think of a better place to support than St. Jude Children's Research hospital. It's not the hugest amount of money. But there are a couple important things to note about support charities, non-profits, and hospitals...Every amount helps and our attention is important. Our appreciation for our doctors, nurses, and administrative staff is so important. It can be too easy to take what we have for granted. Is easy to say thank you when they help our sick child. But it's even easier to forget that the sacrifice of others (whether they get paid or not!) always goes above and beyond. It's something that makes us human. We have bad parts but we also such a beautiful and caring side to us that we should never, ever, take advantage of and always remember to appreciate and pay our respects.
Lastly, for Christmas this year, we made a point to have a lot of fun around the office. We keep our office shenanigans pretty PG. This is something that has just come naturally with our family inspired ethos. It seems like other companies tend to spend their holiday time throwing huge ragers and having loads of people take sick time off the next day. That's fine, more power to them. For us, I think our eyes can be set on always being productive (and healthy) even in the fun moments.
One of our events this year was a cookie decorating contest. Inspired by a company dedicated to supporting families in their process to adopt children. Adoption is such a two way street. On the one hand, there are so many children that need homes and parents to love them. But, on the other hand, it's important to have rigid processes and practices in place to make sure that the children are which ultimately plays a role in making this an expensive and time consuming process.
Ten Thousand Cookies started their business journey by selling over 10,000 cookies to raise funds for the founder, Ashley's, adoption process for a child for her family. Since it had worked for her, she knew she could keep baking and help other families in their process of adopting kids.
We had a blast making the cookies from their kit. They arrived fully baked with really great icing to decorate with. We unpacked them for our sous-chef's to get to work. I must say, 80% of them were not exactly bake sale worthy! But, there were some very creative uses of candy and toppings that were interesting to say the least. Some of our employees must moonlight for bakeries because our contest winners made some pretty awesome decorations.
In the end, who doesn't like cookies? I mean, you don't have to like the extra calories to enjoy the taste of sweet sugary icing covered cookies. We had a blast while also taking a small part in a new adoptive family.