Pictured: l-r: Jowi Baugh, Sr Internal Auditor; Bernita Banks, Customer Service Rep; Bonnie Erdek, Community & Contracts Administrator; Kelly Monaco, Operations Admin Supervisor; Stacy Laster, GRIP Project Coordinator and Myra Singer, founder of The Giving Tree and wife of outgoing Rabbi.

The Giving Tree of Temple Beth El is an all-volunteer non-denominational grassroots organization serving Palm Beach County. For the third consecutive year, Florida Public Utilities has been privileged to support this charity.

The Giving Tree, in association with Title One Schools, Guardian ad Litem Court programs, Foster and Elder care associations, and other district agencies, identifies the individual needs of children, families and seniors in the community who would benefit from their benevolence. Some recipients are simply from working families, struggling and temporarily down on their luck, homeless teenagers and victims of tragic circumstances, such as fire, medical issues or death of a parent.

This year, employees in the South Florida division, fulfilled the very modest wishes of 30 children. It was thrilling to wheel in our donations using little red wagons to deliver our contributions. Volunteers from five different agencies will sort through FPU’s generous gifts and ensure their distribution and placement to the intended children to those in our own locality.

I think if you interviewed us, we would all say that truly the joy is in giving! The tremendous heart of FPU is never more evident as each year we are able to exemplify the Company’s “caring” brand value in partnering with this amazing organization. We give and in return, we enjoy the absolute pleasure of giving.