Dec 20, 2018

12 ways PPL employees spread holiday magic this year

It’s the holiday season and PPL employees are busy spreading the joy and magic of the season to many around the regions we serve.

Here’s a look at just 12 of the ways our employees are keeping the holiday magic alive:


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  • The employee-led Christian Business Resource Group sponsored its 18th annual Operation Christmas Child Employees across the company filled 130 shoeboxes with a variety of items including toys, school supplies and stuffed animals to be sent to boys and girls throughout the world.
  • Some Customer Contact Center employees in Northeast Pennsylvania used an office Secret Santa effort to adopt a family for Christmas through the Angel Tree Program which benefits St. Joseph’s Family Services and North Scranton Head Start. They didn’t stop there, more than 54 children and two additional families also received gifts.
  • In Hazleton, employees donated toys for infants, toddlers and adolescents to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The collection was in memory of retired co-worker, Tony Udovich. In addition, employees donated enough books for 20 students to receive one book a month in Hazleton Area School District’s elementary and middle schools. Employees gather in office setting posed with colorful toys and books for donation
  • Sixteen volunteers from the LEAD, PPL’s Latino business resource group, hosted a holiday party for 45 children at Casa Guadalupe in Allentown. Each child received a gift from PPL’s own Santa, employee Denis Pancoast. A photo booth, crafts and a pizza dinner were enjoyed by all.
  • PPL Electric Utilities IT department employees donated money, gifts, cookies and their time to three families – 11 individuals — at the Sixth Street Shelter in Allentown. Sixty-three gifts were delivered to the sponsored families. In addition, pie boxes were stuffed with cookies and delivered to 25 shelter residents, along with a $25 gift card.
  • Fifteen members of PPL Services’ Finance Department spent an afternoon sorting and packing hundreds of toys at the Salvation Army in Allentown on Dec. 18. In addition, several employees delivered over 150 personalized holiday cards to the local Red Cross for distribution to our Armed Forces
  • Another group of employees spent a half day at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center assisting residents in a game of jingo – a slightly different version of bingo. “What better gift can we give ourselves than improving the community around us? The sincere gratitude of those we helped, and knowing we made a difference in their lives, was extremely rewarding,” said employee Sheryl Tighe, who coordinated PPL volunteers.
  • 27 Families at the Boys and Girls Club in Allentown each received a holiday meal, wish list items and school uniforms. Bags of non-perishable food items and toiletries were also assembled for each family.
  • This year’s Giving Tree benefited 36 Cleveland Elementary School In addition, a winter coat drive for children and adults was conducted to benefit the school and area homeless shelters.
  • PPL volunteers Barbara Renner, Stacy Frey, Chris Cook and Janet Lembach assembled boxes of nonperishable food items for seniors through the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nazareth. Four ppl employees in blue shirts pose with large stacks of cans at food bank
  • Members of the African American business resource group will be having a Christmas party with 30 residents of Cedarbrook Nursing Home in Allentown on Dec. 22. They will be providing snacks, beverages and gift bags, as well as socializing, playing music and bingo. “Because so many residents have no family, it’s important for us not to forget the forgotten. This I would have never known if my father had not benefited from their services,” said Anita Scott-Fennel, AABRG member.

PPL keeps the magic of the holiday alive all year. Click here to see the 2018 PPL holiday e-card.