The holidays are full of excitement. We look forward to twinkling lights, baked goodies, drinking hot chocolate, and spending time with our loved ones. Unfortunately, many families do not have the same luxuries we do, which is one reason why we are committed to giving back to our community. Although most widely recognized as an EMR, Practice Management, and Billing provider for acute care and walk in clinics across the country, DocuTAP’s tradition of service is not limited to its software. DocuTAP has been blessed with rapid growth, and the spirit of giving within our company has grown in proportion with increases in size and reach.
Due to the success of last year’s food drive, we were determined to make this year’s season of giving even bigger. We decided to collect new, unwrapped toys for the Sioux Falls Toys for Tots program, which provides age-appropriate gifts for needy children in the local community. With a staff that has almost tripled in size since this time last year, our Toys for Tots project was a smashing success. Our donation totaled 254 toys, averaging almost three toys donated per employee.During the 2011 Christmas season, we were inspired to feed those who are hungry. The Sioux Falls Food Pantry’s shelves were nearly empty, and we were determined to help. According to Feeding South Dakota, five pounds of food provides up to four meals for the hungry, and with this in mind we set a goal of collecting 175 pounds of food. Contributions were collected on-site, and we nearly tripled our original goal, ultimately donating 476 pounds of nonperishable goods. That’s almost 380 meals!
In addition to the Toys for Tots program, many of us also contributed to the Holiday Clearing House. Hosted by The Community Outreach and Center of Hope, the Holiday Clearing House matches struggling families with sponsors based on each family’s unique needs. This holiday season, we “adopted” two Sioux Falls area families with the desire to provide the basic and necessary items these families cannot afford for themselves. We raised funds and delivered what many of us take for granted — food, personal hygiene items, blankets, pillows, winter clothing, and Christmas gifts.
Outside of annual, company-wide donation drives during the holiday season, many of us volunteer our time, resources, and skills year-round. We coach Little League, teach Sunday school, serve on various community boards and committees, and everything in-between. We believe service to others is not restricted to a certain time of year, and the all of us at DocuTAP will continue to support the community through our individual and collective acts of service.