Scoppechio Continues 20 Years and $180,000 of Giving to Angel Tree
December 8, 2016 – LOUISVILLE — This holiday season Scoppechio is continuing its 20-year tradition of participation in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, adding to the $180,000 already contributed to the program by the agency.
Enhancing the holidays of Louisville’s children and families is what Scoppechio’s spirit of giving is all about – and not simply by cutting a check. Each of Scoppechio’s 173 employees personally get an “angel” (a child in the Angel Tree program) and buys gifts for their child. The company gives each employee $45 in gift-giving money for their respective angel. Employees, however, usually spend well beyond this $45 beginning stake.
“When it’s all said and done, our $8,000 turns into about $16,000 – $20,000. That $45 that we give everybody to shop with, they will usually double that out of their own pocket,” says Glenda Whitledge, Director of Print Production and coordinator of the program.
Whitledge explains that Scoppechio gives not only in their own names, but also in the names of their clients. “We use the program to say thank you to our clients. ‘Together, we’ve done some great work and now we’ve done something meaningful in your name.’”
The agency places gift bags for each child in its lobby, so everyone can see and feel the spirit of this giving when they walk through the door. Giving the gifts to the parents is wonderful too, as Whitledge explains. “You have parents who are so grateful that they throw their arms around you for a hug. It is pretty meaningful.”