Giving Back

American Christmas is a company that cares about the community.

How do I know this? I have the opportunity to read the many thank you letters that arrive here each year. Even as I head into my 8th season at American Christmas, I still get a thrill (and sometimes a little choked up) at the letters we receive from people, telling us of how our donation made a big difference in their lives and the lives of their associates and students. Like the letter from the Special Needs teacher in the Bronx, who described an autistic boy who rarely speaks, lighting up and shouting “tree” when he saw the big tree that had been put up in the lobby of the school. This is one of many letters that has made me feel so proud that we share our “magic” with so many people.

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Each year, our production staff goes through all of the material used to decorate our clients’ facilities and replaces decorations that can no longer be used in our designs. Maybe the colors have faded a bit, a tree is looking a little weary or the client has decided to change the design. I am not just talking about a couple of trees and wreaths…I am talking about stacks of lights, ornaments, garland, wreaths and giant decorations. These materials are set aside and eventually donated. I have been in the warehouse when people have arrived to pick up decorations—material that American Christmas donates to dozens of organizations each year.

In addition to decorations donated by the company, the employees of American Christmas donate their time. Many of our employees volunteer at the Community Service Associates Soup Kitchen in Mount Vernon, serving meals to those in need. We have entered large teams of walkers in the annual Aids Walk New York. We also install holiday decorations at God’s Love We Deliver in Manhattan, Ronald McDonald House at Westchester Medical Center, and the Miracle League of Westchester. In 2011, we partnered with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover-Home Edition” to decorate a home for a needy and deserving family in Columbus, Ohio. In an effort to be good neighbors and as a service to our friends in the Mount Vernon community, we decorate Mount Vernon City Hall, the Mount Vernon Public Library, the headquarters for the Mount Vernon Police and Fire Departments and the Chamber of Commerce. We also sponsor a team every year in the Mount Vernon Babe Ruth League.

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Naturally, I am proud of the holiday decorating work we do throughout the United States, but I am even prouder of the social conscience of American Christmas, its management team and its employees.