Monday, May 17, 2010

CVS / Caremark Pitches in at Casa Youth Shelter

More than 60 CVS Caremark Operations Excellence and Retail Pharmacy colleagues spent some time helping out recently at The Salvation Army’s Casa Youth Emergency Shelter in Dallas.

OE leaders and Retail colleagues pitched in on everything from landscaping to cooking hamburgers and hot dogs for the kids at the shelter, which provides a safe 20-bed haven where runaways and troubled youth can stay for up to 30 days. During their time there, boys and girls ages 10 to 17 experience daily living in a household setting with assigned responsibilities and duties.

“This was a phenomenal day,” said Melvin Traylor, Executive Director of the shelter. “We want the kids in transition here to feel safe and secure. Having a facility that is well kept up and looks nice helps promote that sense of security.

“I can’t begin to tell you how thankful we are to have had CVS Caremark out here.”

Colleagues spent just two hours at the shelter but got plenty accomplished, cleaning out two storage sheds, assembling three picnic tables, hanging a new volleyball net, hanging curtains, organizing the clothing closet, trimming hedges and mulching all the flower beds, painting throughout the building, assembling a new cabinet for the gaming system and cooking and serving dinner to the residents and staff.

OE colleagues donated almost $1,000 for the event, which was used to purchase mulch, tools, picnic tables, curtains, curtain rods, the new tv cabinet, a game table and chairs for the rec room and a new volleyball net and ball for the shelter.

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