Oak Brook, Illinois -- For Chiro One Wellness Centers, wellness is more than physical health. This unique company has at its core a strong philanthropic commitment to caring for the communities it serves, especially during the holidays. While many businesses curtailed their philanthropic efforts this year, due to the economy, Chiro One actually increased its donations.
"When families in our communities are suffering, we can't turn a blind eye," says Chiro One's Director of Community Outreach, Cynthia Barron. "Giving more when times are tough is just the right thing to do."
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Take for example, the "Holiday for Hope" event organized by Chicago non-profit, Dreams for Kids (DFK) on Saturday, December 22nd at the Broadway Armory Park. The event is in its 24th year and the largest holiday celebration benefiting severely at-risk children in Chicagoland. For most of the over 1,500 children who attended, it was the only Christmas they will have, and Chiro One provided $50,000 in gifts and gift cards, more than half of all donated, to make sure it was a Christmas to remember.
In addition to presents, children enjoyed a holiday feast, got to meet Santa and participated in hours of fun activities. Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White was in attendance with approximate 1,200 children from his organization.
Without Chiro One's involvement as the event's biggest donor since becoming involved three years ago, many of those children would not have received a gift.
"Chiro One has collected more toys and made a greater impact than any organization in the history of 'Holiday for Hope," remarks Dreams for Kids Founder and President, Tom Tuohy.
This commitment to philanthropy extends beyond Chicago and into other communities across the nation. Specifially, Chiro One was a primary donor for holiday events in Texas and Kentucky, including:
• Chiro One offices in Lexington, Kentucky collected toys and coats for The Reindeer Express, an event held this month by The Nest Center for Children, Women and Families, a Lexington domestic violence shelter. Over 600 families were able to "shop" for Christmas gifts for their children.
• Chiro One participated in the North Texas Make-a-Wish Campaign to collect toys for children battling life threatening illnesses.
• Chiro One was instrumental in providing gifts for over 500 clients and about 300 children affiliated with The Hope Center, a Lexington-area homeless shelter.
In past years, Chiro One's philanthropic efforts has focused on a multitude of causes, including an entire year that was dedicated to aiding agencies and programs that supported our servicemen and women and veterans.