Wachovia/Wells Fargo Leadership Team Kicks Off the Holidays for Local Kids

Thanks to Wachovia/Wells Fargo the holidays arrived early this year for a group of Orlando kids who received new bicycles compliments of the company’s leadership team.

The volunteer project held at United Way headquarters, was part of the company’s workplace campaign. In all, nearly 50 employees worked in teams to assemble 18 bicycles for boys and girls enrolled in the Central Florida Police Athletic League’s youth programs.

Competing against the clock, the teams had approximately 45 minutes to assemble and decorate the bikes before the kids arrived for the big surprise. In what could have been a major setback, one bike kit was missing key parts, but John Pisan, a Wells Fargo Senior V.P. and United Way board member, saved the day by running to Wal-Mart for a new kit that was put together just in the nick of time.

As the kids arrived, the group gave them a great big welcome and then stepped aside to reveal the brightly decorated bikes. There were huge smiles all around as the kids checked out their new wheels and tried to take them for a test ride.

Topping off an already terrific day, Wachovia/Wells Fargo also presented a $25,000 check for 2-1-1, United Way’s crisis, information and referral resource where call for assistance are breaking all records this year.

As the kids headed home with their new bikes, John Pisan summed it up best when he said “What a great way to kick off the holidays.” We couldn’t agree more. Many thanks to Wachovia/Wells Fargo for their generosity and being such a great partner!

Connie Stafford
United Way Resource Development
Account Executive


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