Tis the season for giving, and Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig continued their holiday tradition of serving the community through Tampa Bay schools. This year, two schools were selected to receive gift donations from the Butler staff.
The Patricia J. Sullivan Partnership School, which houses students from kindergarten all the way through 5th grade, welcomed Butler to participate in their annual toy drive. The Butler team banded together to sponsor 64 of the school’s students, bringing in over 80 colorfully wrapped presents for these children. Butler had the presents delivered to the elementary school by Santa himself.
Denise Marquith, a secretary at Butler, brought in several gifts for these students. “We get a lot, and I think it is important to give back to those who are truly in need,” she said.
At Giunta Middle School, Butler employees delivered presents for two students. The girls, who are in 6th and 8th grade, submitted their holiday wish list which contained clothing, books and basic hygiene necessities. Employees provided the girls with these items as well as activity sets so that the students would have a chance to partake in the holidays.
“Their lists weren’t trivial. It was basic life necessities. ..It’s important to put things in perspective when you can, and helping people in the community makes you realize that what you’re dealing with in life may be small in comparison,” said Caren Wofford, a paralegal at Butler.
Through teamwork, service and upholding high principals, Butler employees were able to make a difference in several lives. Tom Keller, a Partner, contributed to the toy drive and was thankful for the opportunity. “We should always set an example for others and try to make the community a better place.”