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We love the Christmas season at MEC, and we especially love giving back to our neighbors and community. Here’s a recap of this year’s festivities:

Adrian

Our team from the Adrian Solutions Center went shopping to assist Associated Charities of Lenawee County with their annual Christmas distribution program, which helps bring Christmas cheer to over 1800 families in need.
Team MEC shopped for toys, clothes and more, and the Adrian linemen selected hoodies, fishing rods, sporting equipment and personal care items specifically for boys ages 8 – 15, which is an often overlooked age group for the distribution program.

Cassopolis

December marked our annual Operation Christmas Cheer effort. We randomly selected six local families and surprised them with a Christmas wreath, a gift basket, a holiday ham and an assortment of goodies. We also held our Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACK) day: four of our Cassopolis team members volunteered their day to help spread the Christmas spirit throughout the area. The day started with surprising teachers at Edwardsburg Middle School with coffee and snacks to thank them for their hard work. Then they headed to McDonald’s and purchased meals for a couple of people going through the drive through. After that, they purchased toys and holiday food for the Operation Christmas Cheer families along with toys for teens staying at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in South Bend, IN. At RMH, the crew wrapped gifts, made meals to freeze for families staying at the house and also baked cookies as part of RMH’s cookie exchange. Then they delivered Operation Christmas Cheer baskets to a couple of the winning families and surprised local residents in Cassopolis with groceries and more. Finally, on Dec. 26, a few of our employees participated in an extended RACK day event and surprised a local woman in need with a cord of wood to help keep her warm this winter.

Pictured above: Top row, left to right: MEC employees Brian Moore, Pam Myers, Sherri Dotson spread Christmas cheer in Adrian. Lori Ruff thanks staff from Edwardsburg Middle School. Bottom row, left to right: MEC employees Paige Deak, Rob Schmidt, Rylie Westlake, and Mark Britton deliver a holiday basket to a local family. Lori Ruff poses with an Operations Christmas Cheer recipient, and Rob Schmidt and Mark Britton prepare food for the Ronald McDonald House.