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Every team scored a home run in the LHP employee Random Act of Kindness (RAK) contest. Here’s this week’s RAK entry synopses…

Accounting Team I. Team Members: Scott Briggs, Ken Baciak, Dena Fischer, Vanessa Norden, Sarah McManus, and Kent Hersha. This team chose to provide Chick-Fil-A nuggets and lemonade for 30 children that participate in The Lighthouse at Austin Homes in Knoxville, TN. The program was begun 17 years ago to provide after-school care for students in grades 1-8 to include an evening meal (which may be the only evening meal they receive), homework help, and teaching life skills in a Christian-based setting. The program is entirely dependent on donations and runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays thanks to the help of 12 volunteers. Both the volunteers and children thanked the group for coming – simply providing this one meal enables them to stretch their limited resources into other areas of need.

Accounting Team II. Team members: Kelly Kirby, Carolyn Gilbert, Josh Schmitt, Brian Howard, Katie Pierce, and Logan Wells.

This team visited Asbury Place in Maryville, TN, a retirement community offering assisted living services and long-term care. The six person team broke up into three pairs of two, and each visited a separate long-term care resident. The long-term care residents were chosen by the Lifestyles Coordinator of the facility, as those “in greatest need of a boost.” Each resident received a gift basket full of goodies to include: cookies, stuffed animals, inspirational word search puzzles, hair accessories, (for Carol and Gladys) and a ball cap (for Willy). All of the residents were appreciative of the visit and gifts. The Lifestyles Coordinator told the team they were welcome to come back anytime!

Accounts Payable. Team members: Susan Howell, Lisa Scarbrough, Devon Richards, Tong Wang, and Diana Whitaker.

This team purchased toys, cupcakes, and ice cream to give to mothers and their children during lunchtime at Susannah’s House in Knoxville, TN. Susannah’s House is a faith-based non-profit outpatient recovery facility for those seeking treatment for alcohol and drug-addiction. The facility is run by staff and volunteers. All of the mothers and children who received treats and gifts were extremely grateful. The team divided up and sat at different tables to allow them to speak with the participants about the program. The mothers were very appreciative for this time of fellowship and their children especially loved the treats of cupcakes and ice cream!

Asset Management. Team members: Jennifer Schoch, Ariana Moore, Avaline Helton, Kelly Brennan, Jamie Rock, and Erin Wetherington.

This team called Green Magnet Academy near Downtown Knoxville, whose students often live in LHP properties, and expressed a desire to help fill needs at the school as their RAK mission. They were told that school supplies were always needed and appreciated, particularly disinfecting wipes and Kleenex. The team decided to surprise the special needs teacher that had answered their phone call, while “playing secretary” in the office that day! She was given $70 worth of Kleenex, disinfecting wipes, pencils, crayons, and paper along with an additional $30 to Subway and Starbucks in hopes of “just making her happy!” When the team came to the school to surprise her, she was excited, moved, and grateful and even suggested to the school secretary that she get to “play” in the office more often.