November 19, 2013

Pioneers blaze trail for needy children

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer,
The Express-Star


The AT&T Pioneers, which is made of active as well as retired AT&T employees, have embarked on their "pioneer spirit" to help needy children in Grady County. 

Deano Cox, AT&T Regional Manager External Affairs, recently presented a check of $500 to the Santa's Workshop of Chickasha. Santa's Workshop makes it possible for parents to provide gifts for their families on Christmas. 

"AT&T Pioneers and AT&T Oklahoma is very proud to be able to support such a wonderful organization that brings smiles to thousands of children’s faces every year," Cox said.

AT&T Pioneers, Cox said, work together to "make their communities better places to live, work and play." The AT&T Pioneers started around the same time as the company itself, Cox said. 

Other recent notable projects that the AT&T Pioneers have undertaken include sending 400 AT&T employees from Dallas to Moore, Okla. to aide in the aftermath of the 2013 tornado. 

More recently, AT&T Pioneers donated to the Toy Shop in Duncan, Okla. 

Cox said there are several active and retired employees who are AT&T Pioneers in Chickasha and Grady County. There are thousands in Oklahoma alone and more than 325,000 across the nation. 

Last year, Santa's Workshop provided gifts for 1,050 children and 432 families. 

Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 854, Chickasha OK, 73023 or arrangements can be made by calling Malinda Treadaway or Peggy Hammond at 405.222.1818. 

Santa's Workshop is funded by contributions from Eagle Riders, Junior Social Workers, the United Fund, grants and individuals within the community.