A fire ravaged through an apartment building on the morning of Tuesday, October 21st taking the lives of two children, leaving at least 17 people homeless, and an entire community devastated and heartbroken. The Kingston Street apartment fire tragedy occurred in neighboring Lawrence, hometown of many of American Training’s own Colleagues, Guests, Residents and Students.
Overwhelmed with sadness from this devastating news, Day Services took this moment to reach out with a gesture of love and support for the victims of this tragedy. With hearts filled with compassion and a sense of responsibility to their fellow citizens… our Day Services sent out a flyer on Monday October 27th, to all branches, inviting them to come together for a Bake Sale from which 100% of the proceeds would be donated to benefit the Victims of the Kingston Street fire.
On Wednesday morning, October 29, WOW! Magic began to manifest itself before our very eyes. Colleague after Colleague, Guest after Guest, and Student after Student began arriving at 6 Campanelli Drive with arms filled with fresh baked goods to donate to the cause. There were even donated gift baskets and gift cards to local restaurants; which were used to raffle off at the bake sale, which in turn generated even more money to benefit the victims!
Every branch of American Training helped out in some way, shape, or form; by either donating items, setting up, selling/buying baked goods and raffle tickets or even standing outside with poster boards attracting people to the sale.
In one way or another everybody pitched in, and it showed…The bake sale was so popular it went on well past 1 pm on Wednesday and reopened again on Thursday. Our own American Training family bought delicious home-baked good after delicious home-baked good and community members trickled in in support of the cause. In total, we raised over $600 for the victims, WOW!
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