Spreading Christmas Cheer in the West Haven Community

Throughout December Watson collected toys upon toys for the annual Westies Care and Share Christmas Celebration hosted by the First Congregational Church of West Haven, the West Haven Community Center & Vertical Church. This year’s dinner and Santa gifting will mark the 3rd year of this endeavor. Westies Care hosts 200+ Children and Caregivers, provides them a Christmas Meal, Gifts, and Fellowship. Interested guests must register with the West Haven Family Resource Center. The Westies are always looking for sponsors to provide Gifts, Gift Cards, Sponsor Needy families and Monetary Donations. All donations are Tax Deductible. Watson looks forward to doing this every year for the children as well as participating in helping serve the meals. Watson is thrilled that we are considered a primary sponsor and were able to provide enough toys for the children to have two or wrapped gifts under Christmas tree for donationmore gifts. In addition to Watson purchasing gifts this year the employees participated in a “Giving Tree”. The Giving Tree hung tags with the 76 children’s name, age, and orientation. Our employees picked a child and purchased gifts to fit their choice. This addition brought the gifts to children total to 228 presents. Wrapping 228 gifts is no easy task so Watson employee Fiorella Oquendo and her daughter stepped up the Thursday before the event to help the Westies group wrap and assign presents to the right families!

Amit Sinha, Watson’s Process Innovation Engineer, organizes the Soup Kitchen participation for Watson employees. Here are a few words from Amit.

“Watson’s visit to the Soup Kitchen helped to make the night just a little more special for those that came for the Christmas dinner on Friday, December 21, 2018. Pu Sie Lo, Amit Sinha, Kinshaha Quinde, Tairy Ramos, Felicia Green, Krystal Rodriguez, Jose Colon, and Ivette Colon were our volunteers who helped serve the meals. The event typically serves meals in a buffet style fashion, however, this year they opted for a restaurant-style atmosphere. The goal is to make everyone feel special when they come for their meal, hence the restaurant style treatment. The meal included ham, beef, steamed veggies, mashed potato, and dessert. The attendance of Santa made supper that much more special.

Do join Watson’s team next time at the soup kitchen! You will get a good feeling once you participate! To sign up to participate in Watson’s Soup Kitchen nights, please contact Amit Sinha at amit.sinha@watson-inc.com.

Visit Westies Care if you are interested in serving for any community conscience activities.