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BC transportation staff makes giving the centerpiece of its holiday party

Filed in Archive by on December 7, 2016

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On Tuesday, December 6, bus drivers, attendants, mechanics and other staff from the district’s Transportation Department kicked off the holiday season with an annual buffet brunch. The luncheon of good cheer and delectable goodies, enjoyed potluck style, served as the backdrop for a mission of good will among the familiar faces at the bus garage who, with the help of two of their inspired and creative colleagues, raised funds to help district families in need.

Amy Hunter and Danika Raup, two longtime district bus drivers, spent countless hours, beginning Friday night and working through the weekend into the wee hours of the morning, designing and assembling 13 holiday centerpieces to be auctioned off at the holiday luncheon.

During the luncheon and throughout the day, transportation staff could submit bids on the centerpieces. All money collected from the auction is donated to the district’s Holiday Caring and Sharing Drive, which provides assistance to families in need ahead of the holiday break.

“I remember growing up, when my family was going through some hard times, we were ‘adopted’ at the holidays,” said Hunter. “I guess I see this as a way to pay it forward.”

Hunter and Raup worked in tandem, donating their time and materials to create beautiful handcrafted items their coworkers would want to bid on.

“We got a late start but began shopping for materials last week,” said Raup. “We looked for resources where we could. My mother has a farm in Coeymans Hollow and we walked her property gathering greens that could we could use in some of the designs.”

“There were some late nights, as late as 2 a.m. on Saturday, but we got it done,” said Hunter.

This is the second year Hunter and Raup created centerpieces for the auction. They hope to expand their efforts even further in 2017.

At last count, the department had collected $640 from the auction and through donations to help needy district families. Funds are still being collected.

Do you know a family in need of assistance?

If you are in need of assistance this holiday season, know a district family that may need a helping hand, or want to donate, learn more about the Holiday Caring and Sharing Drive.