‘Tis the Season to Connect and Collaborate to Aid Toys for Tots

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Local companies including Brasfield & Gorrie, CTS, Verizon, Cross Country Wireless, Octane Media, Blue Jireh, and the YMCA partnered with the Toys for Tots program to help them automate their annual gift request and fulfillment process, which made Santa’s list much easier to check this year.

“Every child deserves a Christmas,” says CTS CEO and President, Larry Lilley. “Our team sought and created a way to leverage technology, making the process easier for the staff and volunteers who fulfill children’s dreams.”

‘Tis the Season to Connect and Collaborate to Aid Toys for Tots

Local companies including Brasfield & Gorrie, CTS, Verizon, Cross Country Wireless, Octane Media, Blue Jireh, and the YMCA partnered with the Toys for Tots program to help them automate their annual gift request and fulfillment process, which made Santa’s list much easier to check this year. This year Toys for Tots Birmingham filled more than 5,700 requests.

“Sign up and fulfillment of the Marine’s Toys for Tots program in Birmingham is managed by the YMCA. In previous years, we filed the information in up to seven large three ring binders. The YMCA kept the applicants’ paper registrations in the three ring binders and managed the process from there,” explains David Hill, YMCA VP of Marketing and Communications. “Thanks to clever collaborating by local companies, this process is now not only more accurate, but also more efficient.”

“Every child deserves a Christmas,” says CTS CEO and President, Larry Lilley. “Our team sought and created a way to leverage technology, making the process easier for the staff and volunteers who fulfill children’s dreams.”

“The Microsoft Surface Tablets allowed them to automate and easily share the information which was previously hand-written and binder stored,” says Jim Purcell, Brasfield & Gorrie Chief Technology Officer.

In the spirit of collaboration, the United Way, Hands on Birmingham, and the YMCA join forces to wrap and distribute the gifts. For more information or to volunteer, visit http://www.handsonbirmingham.org.

ABOUT TOYS FOR TOTS
The mission of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. This assistance includes supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program by raising funds to provide toys to supplement the collections of local Toys for Tots campaigns, to provide promotional and support material and defray the costs of conducting annual Toys for Tots campaigns. Other Foundation support includes providing administrative, advisory, financial, logistic and promotional support to local Toys for Tots Coordinators; managing funds raised and monies donated based on the use of Toys for Tots name or logo; providing other support the Marine Corps, as a federal agency, cannot provide; and conducting public education and information programs about Toys for Tots that call the general public to action in support of this patriotic community action program.

About CTS
CTS is a privately held, regional IT consulting firm that provides business intelligence, quality assurance, application integration, software development, and portals and collaboration consulting services to enterprise clients. CTS has offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mobile, Alabama; and Nashville, Tennessee. CTS is a proud member of the Microsoft National Systems Integrator (NSI) program, which is awarded to 35 companies nationwide who demonstrate excellence in innovation and implementation of Microsoft technologies. CTS's mission is to deliver superior solutions for its customers, careers for its employees, and growth in its communities. CTS’s vision is to become the most trusted IT consulting firm headquartered in the Southeast.

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