Associates volunteer to provide Christmas for children in foster care

As part of an effort called Dress Down December, 843 Jackson Healthcare employees have donated over $27,000 to supply foster children with Christmas magic this year. With a company match, nearly $55,000 total is going to support 434 foster children from five organizations across the metro area – Ark Family Counseling Center/Ricky Homes, FaithBridge Foster Care, Fulton County Division of Family and Children Services, Murphy-Harpst and Project GRANDD.

The program began 15 years ago when an associate at the Alpharetta-based company collected donations from a few other colleagues, contacted Fulton Charities and was paired with children at Ark Family Counseling Center/Ricky Homes. The donations she collected were used to shop for items on each child’s Christmas list and host a holiday lunch at the home.

In order to grow donations the following year, program founders decided to ask associates to contribute $1.00 for every day in December they wanted to wear jeans. The associates brought that idea to company chairman, Rick Jackson, who liked it so much he agreed to match whatever was raised dollar for dollar — and the current Dress Down December was born. The program is a key pillar in Jackson Healthcare’s LoveLifts community impact programs, which focus on children’s wellbeing and access to healthcare.

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