The area of our business office known as “CR” – where our Community Relations department lives – exists as feel-good central for Thunder staffers. It has a reputation for having the best candy, the most toys (school giveaways are usually strewn about) and a ready arsenal of uplifting stories.
Thank-you notes and cards pop up in CR with some frequency, but when something special appears, it doesn’t take long for word to spread around the office about the “something” – and the story that accompanies it.
Today, for example, the existence of a giant, homemade card started to get a few cross-cubicle mentions.
Almost every weekday, the Rolling Thunder Book Bus pops up outside a day care, school or community center in the metro area. With such a packed schedule, the bus can’t fulfill every request – as was the case when Community After School Program (CASP), a Norman-based group, asked for the Book Bus to visit its Family Literacy Night.
Since CASP is a partner agency of the United Way, an organization the Thunder strongly supports, our CR office looked for another way to help CASP and came up with a donation of several hundred books, ensuring – like with the Book Bus – that every child would go home with a book of his or her own.
Evidently, the books were a big hit, judging if nothing else by the size of the homemade card CASP sent in appreciation.
It usually doesn’t take much to make us smile around here, and after an intensive few weeks of kicking off the season, we were all ready for a grin. This big yellow card did the trick.
- Karina Henderson