Since 1992, employees from the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC), a subsidiary of Centrus Energy Corp., have been working to provide gifts for children in need during the holidays.
“Michelle Webb and fellow employees at USEC had a vision to help families in need during the holidays and since 1992, they have been doing just that. Cynthia Quillen was given that duty beginning 2016. They began by contacting local schools to assist in identifying families that may need help during the holidays. Thankfully, Head Start was contacted and for 25 years now USEC employees have provided gifts for 100 children from the Head Start program,” said Head Start’s Carla Womack.
Head Start is a child development program offering education, medical, dental and nutrition services, designed to help disadvantaged children integrate and prepare for school systems.
According to Womack, students enrolled in the Head Start program typically come from low-income families, without the kindness of USEC employees, it’s probable that some students may not have received any gifts for Christmas.
“It just really touched my heart that they would do this, they don’t have to do it at all,” said Womack. “I mean a few years ago they were facing lay-offs and they still continued to provide for our kids, and not just our kids, but their siblings as well. They really put a lot of time and love into this project.”
Michelle Webb, a USEC employee, says that the project would not be possible if it weren’t for the kindness of other civic organizations, employees and churches that also donate to the cause.
“We put up trees around the plant site with names on them that employees can take and shop for,” said Webb. “We also have fundraisers throughout the year and take donations to shop for names that aren’t taken. Because of the great need and growth of the program, we began soliciting help from other companies, churches and civic organizations to help us buy and deliver gifts; so it is really a community effort.”
This year USEC provided gifts for children in six counties. This past year 2,550 children were served.
“Head Start/Early Head Start families were very appreciative of the gifts received,” said Womack. “So many families were touched by this act of kindness. We’d like to thank them on behalf of our families and on the behalf of our Program.”
For more information about USEC, please call 740-897-2863. For more information about Head Start, please call 740-354-3333.
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