Every fall, thousands of H&R Block employees and franchisees attend their annual convention, and it so happened that this year they came to Orlando! In addition to sessions and seminars to educate themselves about the upcoming tax season, they have incorporated a Community Giveback event to benefit the local community.
We were blessed to attend their Community Giveback event to get a firsthand look. They packed a quarter million food kits and built 300 bikes for local charities serving the basic needs of Central Floridians!
Y’all, we were seriously impressed. As thousands of H&R Block employees poured into a grand ballroom at the Marriott World Center, they got right to work assembling top of the line bikes; from itty bitty princess bikes with pompoms on the handlebars, to teenager road bikes. Each assembly table consisted of approximately 5 workers, many of whom didn’t know each other. But they soon became family.
On the other side of the room, people gathered to assemble food kits. Together with Feeding Children Everywhere, these meals will allow families throughout the country to extend their grocery budget by receiving these food kits directly to their homes.
Truly the highlight of the day was watching smiles fill the faces on Central Florida kids. I had the opportunity to talk with Smith, a teenager who received a Huffy road bike. He couldn’t stop smiling as he shared with me how much this new bike meant to him. He was so proud as he told me how much this bike would help him get to school and back home again.
The heart of H&R Block was truly on display here in Orlando. It is SO evident that H&R Block’s purpose is WAY bigger than taxes! It was moving to see their passion to give back to our community in practical ways.
H&R Block, I am certain you’ve touched thousands of lives through your Community Giveback event, including mine.
We are thankful for the ways you have impacted our community for the better.