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April 04, 2018 | Community| The Tinsel Project Spreads Cheer Beyond the Holidays

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”- Jim Rohn

As a Law Firm that is located in 8 different locations throughout the United States, Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig’s communities extend far and wide. Butler is dedicated to serving our communities in various ways throughout the year, and it is our mission to make a difference in the lives of others. This month, we spoke with Office Manager, Maryfrances Cherry, and asked her to tell us more about “The Tinsel Project” and how the Charlotte Office is bringing cheer through their acts of service. 

Where did the idea for the Tinsel project originate?

When our Elf on the Shelf, Tinsel, arrived in the Charlotte office, her “introductory letter” to Butler Charlotte stated that her mission was to inspire the Christmas spirit in all of us, not just at Christmas but all through the year. When Tinsel returned to the North Pole, we wanted to keep that goodwill going. Julie D’Aeth approached me with the idea of doing charity work in Tinsel’s name, and thus, the Tinsel Project was born!

What was your very first project?

We just completed our first quarter project, bringing boxes and bags of donations provided by our office attorneys and staff to the Humane Society of Charlotte.

How did the shelter react when you bought the supplies for the animals?

The Humane Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for and finding forever families for unwanted or homeless animals. They rely on donations from the public and are always grateful to receive donations (monetary or specific “wish list” items). While we made our delivery, Julie and I were able to see firsthand the difference the Humane Society is making – we witnessed a dog leaving the shelter for his forever home with his new family, and we helped another patron who was selecting a new kitty for her daughter! We were also able to love on some of the animals being cared for at the shelter.

What is next for the Tinsel Project?

Our second quarter charity is the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. The Ronald McDonald House provides a safe, affordable and caring "home-away-from-home" for the families of children receiving treatment in Charlotte-area medical facilities. We will be collecting food, cleaning supplies and other household items, along with gift cards to donate.

For our third quarter project, the firm will be participating in the Isabella Santos 5k/10k/1 Mile Fun Run on September 29th to raise money for Childhood Cancer research.

Why do you think giving back to the community is important?

We believe being an active member of our community is extremely important. If we do not act in positive ways to improve our society, then we are simply being consumers and not members. Butler’s guiding principles remind us how important it is to work together to serve not only each other but our community as well for the enrichment of all.