1 Our group was comprised of Team Depot members from the 23rd and 59th Street store locations, residents of the George Washington Carver Houses, MSLO employees, and students from PS 171.
2 The group started at the George Washington Carver Houses.
3 Team Depot is part of the Home Depot Foundation and gives back to the community by provided labor, supplies, and tools for various projects.
4 Some of the wreaths we gave out included the Poinsettia Berry Wreath and Gold Pinecone and Berry Wreath, both from the Martha Stewart Living line at Home Depot.
5 Some of the students from PS 171
6 The residents lined up to receive their wreaths.
7 One of the teachers from PS 171
8 Some residents were unable to line up, so the group went door to door to deliver the wreaths.
9 This woman was very happy to receive her gift.
10 She immediately hung it on her door.
11 The George Washington Carver Houses is a public housing development built by the New York Housing Authority.
12 The development includes 13 buildings, 6- and 15-stories tall, and houses over 2,700 residents.
13 The residence was named after George Washington Carver, who revolutionized the agricultural industry by developing crop rotation and discovering hundreds of uses for the peanut and soybean.
14 My intern, Emily Borgeest, helped with this holiday project.
15 Jen Alvarez, Senior Project Manager at MSLO
16 Don Desawade - Copywriter and Olivia Spadafore - Marketing Coordinator–Olivia helped to coordinate this event with Home Depot.
17 Annalisa Walker - Marketing Manager and Maggie Serkes - Product Manager at MSLO. Notice their brown 'It's a Good Thing' sweatshirts!
18 There is also a senior center at the George Washington Carver Residences.
19 One of the members of the senior center receiving her wreath
20 Al Manigault, Team Depot captain, talking with PS 171 students
21 One of the leaders of the senior center group, receiving her wreath.
22 Another wreath we gave out was this 24" Red Berry wreath. I decorated my own home with several of these.
23 After distributing wreaths in the senior center, the group spent time with the residents.
24 Everyone sang holiday carols together in both English and Spanish.
25 Melinda Futrell, wearing the hardhat, is a resident of the Carver Houses. She was a big help with the installation of the Garden for Living.
26 The Children's Center also received decorations.
27 Some of the students even hung the wreaths on themselves!
28 Presenting wreaths at the children's center
29 In the children's center
31 The next stop was the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai Hospital.
32 Dr. Audrey Chun, Director of the Center for Living, accepted this wreath on behalf of the center.
33 The group posing with Dr. Audrey Chun
34 The last stop was Patrick Henry Preparatory School P.S. 171, where our student volunteers attend. It is located at 19E 103rd Street.
35 You can see how much holiday cheer a wreath can provide!
36 Team Depot Captain Al Manigault, Dimitres Pantelidis - school principal, and Olivia Spadafore
37 The wreaths were used as decorations for the school's 'Winter Wishes' program. Along with New York Cares, the school fulfilled thousands of holiday wishes from under privileged children in the tri-state area.
39 Another Team Depot volunteer made cookies to hand out to everyone at the end of the event.