JANUARY 20, 1997

 The Edwards Agency

Local News

Children cheered by Santa HOS

Woodinville company proves generosity of the season


Barbara Jenkins accepted a certificate of recognition from Mayor Bob Miller and the Woodinville City Council on Jan. 13 on behalf of HOS Bros. Construction, which raised $14,000 for Common Ground and other Second Chance programs.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Staff.

Santa HOS by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--The holiday season brings out the generous in most everyone, and businesses are no exception to the rule. HOS Bros. Construction proved it this past December with its "Santa HOS" project.
   It began when an employee wanted to donate a $100 toy certificate to a children's facility. But when HOS learned more about Common Ground, a program providing supervised visitation for children involved in foster care or custody issues, the company decided $100 wasn't enough.
   The Woodinville-based company, 200 employees strong, launched a company-wide program which resulted in $14,000 raised for Common Ground through voluntary payroll deductions, vendor contributions, and company matching funds.
   Santa and his helpers then delivered bikes, new toys, and play equipment by dump truck convoy to the Seattle facility in time for Christmas.
   "Their generosity also helped the non-custodial parents of our program participants share a special holiday memory with their children. And that opportunity is a gift of immeasurable worth," said Laura Blaske, communications director for Second Chance, which administers the Common Ground program.
   HOS donations went beyond just the Common Ground program, also helping other Second Chance programs.
   At its Jan. 13 meeting, the Woodinville City Council honored HOS Bros. for its donations and contributions to the community with a certificate of recognition.