At Miron, not only do we like to have fun and get competitive with each other, we also like to give back to the community. This past January, our office staff participated in a team building event while in Wisconsin Dells for our annual corporate summit. While this event helped strengthen team rapport, it also benefitted individuals enduring a difficult time in their lives.
This year, our team was faced with a challenge entitled: “Miron – Mission: Impossible.” Twenty teams of approximately 8-10 individuals each competed in multiple activities throughout the Dells. Some of the activities included a grocery shopping excursion at Zinke’s Village Market where team members had to find items based on product logos and slogans, a hoops challenge at a local fieldhouse, a code-breaking exercise, and a craft project at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.
Upon completion of the entire challenge, Miron had purchased countless food/toiletry items and team members had constructed 90 tie pillows. Instead of letting these items go to waste, Miron decided to donate items purchased from the supermarket to a local Wisconsin Dells food pantry. All in all, 689 pounds of assorted food and toiletry items made their way to families in need.
As for the pillows (and stuffed animal mascots), these items were donated to local children’s hospitals. Fifty pillows and seventeen stuffed animals were donated to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Fox Valley, while forty additional pillows went to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Milwaukee (which is located near one of Miron’s regional offices).
We were interested in learning a little more about Children’s Hospital and found out that last year the Fox Valley branch treated 357 children in their inpatient unit. Since they are a non-profit organization, they depend on donations for their operations to run smoothly. In fact, every child who stays at the hospital receives a teddy bear to keep with them throughout their stay and to take home upon discharge. This helps the kids feel more comfortable and at home throughout their treatment. Miron’s donations of pillows and stuffed animals will be given to kids staying in the hospital on the inpatient floor or to kids who utilize the outpatient clinics or visit the day surgery department. The stuffed animals may also find their way into the arms of a child whose parent or grandparent is staying at the adult ICU.
While our team had a great time getting to know one another better throughout the day’s activities, we feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to give back to communities that have given so much to us.