Can you believe it? Two weeks (and less) until December 25th! Where has the year gone? As 2017 winds down, all of us here at Texas811 are reflecting on another busy year spent helping you protect our underground infrastructure – and we’re also taking the time to do some holiday fun of our own.
Our call center put up a tree, and then hung out their own handmade stockings for Santa to fill!
Everyone wore their jammies to be ready for Santa’s visit!
Still ahead for employees this week is a visit with Santa, ugly holiday sweaters and best holiday clothes.
Once again, we gave a helping hand to the Buckner International organization.
Our annual Angel Tree display featured 25 teddy bears with individual wishes, and our agents snapped them up!
We played Santa for five children we “adopted” from the Buckner Children’s home. We received wish lists from each child, and put them on the back of the teddy bears for employees to draw and purchase. 25 toys are now ready to be delivered on Christmas morning.
Texas811 is also riding the rails yet again at the Trains at NorthPark.
This North Texas holiday tradition is in its 30th year at NorthPark Center in Dallas. It raises funds for Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, and since 1987 has pulled in over $13 million. That money has allowed the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas to serve over 37,000 families.
Our 811 Call Before You Dig message reaches 70,000 visitors at this event, running from November 18th to January 7th. Our rolling stock consists of a hand decorated locomotive, boxcar and two cabooses, all of which carry the Texas811 logo and safe digging message. Additionaly, one of the cabooses carries the 811 message in Spanish.
Like any growing railroad, we added a car this year – it’s called a “gondola” – and it carries our message on four containers along for the ride.
Not to be outdone by the call center, many of our Damage Prevention Councils collect toys at their local meetings to be used in the communities they serve.
So from our “house” to yours, have a safe and happy holiday season. Be here next week for the return of an annual blog tradition.
Until next time, safe digging!
by Scott Finley