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Holidays - A Time for Giving Back


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Giving Back:

Holidays are a great time to make a difference by giving back to the community. Charities do more than you can imagine, from “Habitat for Humanity” who builds homes for families in need to “Heifer International” which gives livestock that provides food and income to international villages. These non-profit organizations do so much to help the less fortunate, but they cannot do it alone.

Since 2004, OnTrac has been hosting a food and clothing drive for the Center for Hope in Mesa, Arizona. Last year, we focused our drive on the babies and children in need. We secured gift cards, clothing, baby supplies, heavy duty strollers, and many other goods for the children. The Center for Hope helps young mothers battling addiction and overcoming psychological disorders by providing a long-term safe and structured environment. The  OnTrac baby drive aids the Center for Hope in their effort to help these women and children get back on their feet.

Ronald McDonald House LogoThis year, along with Center for Hope’s food and clothing drive, OnTrac is donating funds to the Ronald McDonald House to provide a 7-day "home away from home" for a child and his/her family. These children and families need to travel to Phoenix to receive treatment for a serious, often life-threatening illness or injury. Medical bills can be very expensive, making it financially impossible for the families to come to Phoenix and support their loved ones.

Charity Challenge:

Here at OnTrac, we are dedicated to making a difference in the community, which is why we would like to give the winner of the Charity Challenge a $250.00 donation to the charity of their choice*. To participate, create a comment on this blog post and share with us the charity that you support, and why you believe they should receive the donation. The challenge will close at midnight on December 31, 2010. The winner will also receive a $50.00 American Express Gift Card for their own enjoyment.

Share the Challenge!

  • Post on Facebook: "Tell OnTrac about the charity you support and why they should receive a donation this holiday season. Win $250 for your charity and a $50 AMEX gift card for you!"
  • Tweet: "What charities do you support? Tell OnTrac for a chance to win $250 for your charity and a $50 AMEX card!"
  • Blog: Write about the OnTrac challenge on your blog and link to our post.

 *Must be a 501c3 organization


I provide services to, and volunteer for, The Ronald McDonald House. It is a very worthwhile charity that assists families at a difficult time in their lives. I am thrilled that OnTrac has decided to add them to their roster of charitable benefactors.
Posted @ Wednesday, December 22, 2010 9:59 AM by Scott Nash
Center For Hope is a great example of a locally-based charity that needs our help. Any time we can do something for the community, especially for disadvantaged children, it's a win-win for everyone. Thanks to OnTrac for taking a leadership role in helping out.
Posted @ Wednesday, December 22, 2010 11:19 AM by Gary Tarr
Recently I have supported the local charity of Stevens Hope through our church. They provide help to families with extremely ill children. By adopting a family for the holidays, I was able to provide a little holiday cheer.
Posted @ Wednesday, December 22, 2010 2:19 PM by Curt Kindred
Maricopa Health is a county hospital. The patients there are in desperate need of your help. They can barely afford food and clothing, much less holiday gifts. Its so sad to walk in and see sick children deprived of the holiday spirit because they've never had the joy of a present under the tree. Please choose this as your choice, you won't regret the smile it will bring to so many faces! Thank you OnTrac for helping the community.
Posted @ Thursday, December 23, 2010 2:21 PM by Jason Karpel
Hello, I think this is a great idea to raise money for organizations that help our society. I think you should give money to the homeless shelter that is close to your ONTRAC building.
Posted @ Thursday, December 23, 2010 6:24 PM by Jack Markson
We like to support Puck Cancer, for the last few years we play hockey in a large tournement in IL to help raise money for cancer awarness. The money we raise helps the families dealing with these difficalt times and we do our best. Alomost all of us have been touched with some one close to us dealing with these difficalt times. It's a great way to Help people in our community as well as our Country.
Posted @ Thursday, December 23, 2010 7:15 PM by Amy H
I support Breast Cancer Research for the reason that there are so many women and now men getting breast cancer. With the research being done today there are lives being saved. A day will come that breast cancer will be in the past.
Posted @ Friday, December 24, 2010 1:04 PM by Candace B.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is always in need of our help and donations. At St. Jude, no child is ever denied treatment, even if their parents or insurance companies can't cover the cost. Research on pediatric cancer is very important. Survival rates of children with cancer have increased dramatically because of St Jude. Most of the research and treatment at St. Jude are not covered by insurance. These young cancer patients depend on our donations to to survive.
Posted @ Friday, December 24, 2010 11:43 PM by Samantha Lynn
Ronald McDonald House is the most wonderful charity. I can not imagine what a family with a terminally ill child goes through, and the fact they have one less thing to worry about, thanks to Ronald McDonald House, gives some peace to a family that most desperately needs it.
Posted @ Monday, December 27, 2010 10:16 AM by Shelly Bird
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the most wonderful foundation, never turning children away, always taking care of the families. I could never imagine having a sick child & not having enough insurance coverage to provide them with the care they need. My heart goes out to all of the employees & volunteers at St. Jude.
Posted @ Monday, December 27, 2010 10:28 AM by Melissa Wennerstrom
PADS is an organization helping those who are homeless and have no shelter and little food to eat. During the winter season they need our help especially.
Posted @ Monday, December 27, 2010 11:59 AM by Hero Gauiran
Hello! If I were to pick a place I would have to go with St. Judes hospital, they help so many children and families. This is really a great thing you guys are doing.
Posted @ Monday, December 27, 2010 2:32 PM by Rachel Grunert
Regardless of a lack of media coverage, a large amount of New Orleans neighborhood are still uninhabitable, and many residents live in broken homes, with no funding to repair or rebuild. The mission of the United Saints Recovery Project is to help residents from the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans and surrounding areas who have suffered hurricane damage, helping them return home, improve their quality of life, and strengthen their communities. They do this with the help of local, national, and international volunteers, assisting homeowners in rehabilitating and rebuilding their homes, and engaging those homeowners in our effort to promote volunteerism within the community. United Saints is a 501(c)(3) organization. I worked with them two summers ago for three months, and the work varied from repainting to full demolition and reconstruction of homes. Throughout the year they bring in countless other volunteer groups from across the nation, provide them with housing, and do large community projects. They are diverse, motivated, and innovative in their methods, and thus very efficient and effective.
Posted @ Monday, December 27, 2010 3:09 PM by Ryan Stolier
Hello I think giving back to our community is a wonderful way of reaching out! There are so many great organizations that I think should all deserve recognition. Every year my cousins and I take part in the Salvation Army's Christmas Angel program during the Christmas season. You select as many children as you would like and purchase new clothes or toys for the child that you choose. This program is a great way to help lighten up a child's Christmas!
Posted @ Monday, December 27, 2010 3:21 PM by Francesca Ayoub
Make a wish foundation is my choice for the donation. Always a good cause!
Posted @ Monday, December 27, 2010 5:07 PM by Tony Skaronea
What started as a group of friends getting together at Christmas to raise money for those less fortunate then us. Santa Cause was started! For the last 7 years we have donated to The Head Start Program benefiting 152 3-5 year old under privileged children. I can't describe the feeling watching the children open their gifts at one of the 5 Xmas parties we have for them with Santa. But alas there are so many causes worthy of any donation. Good Luck to all!!
Posted @ Tuesday, December 28, 2010 9:52 AM by Renee O
As every charity assists in a great cause, one of the charities that I support is St. Jude's Research Hospital. Regardless of any financial issues that a family may have, no child is ever turned away. St. Jude's not only helps to find a cure for these feeble children, but they aid in keeping families together; which, I believe is the most important factor of life. Happy Holidays to everyone and cheers to ONTRAC for all your support!
Posted @ Tuesday, December 28, 2010 6:36 PM by Leisha-Mae Telles
The holidays are always a tough time for charities. Demand is high, while supply is typically very low. I support Phoenix Rescue Mission’s "Adopt a Family" program. Every Christmas season we "adopt a family," which provides the family with a Christmas they would not otherwise have had. They receive a turkey and other food items, as well as, presents for the kids. I hope OnTrac donates to the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Thank you OnTrac for making a difference in the community!
Posted @ Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:59 PM by Peter Smith
My daughter, who ia now 21, began having seizures when she was 2 years old and was diagnosed with epilepsy. None of the most common medicines worked to stop her seizures. After a couple years of trying different medicines that did not work for her, a new medication whose research had been funded by the Epilepsy Foundation became available. This new medicine worked and stopped her seizures! I would love to see this charitable donation go to the Epilepsy Foundation to help them continue doing the research which greatly helped our daughter become the vibrant and seizure free college student she is today. I would love to see other families have the success story we have had! Thank you for offering this wonderful donation!
Posted @ Friday, December 31, 2010 10:12 PM by sharon owens
I donate to St. Jude Children's Hospital. No child is turned away because the family can't pay -- ever. Danny Thomas started the hospital and his daughter continues his legacy of giving. Cancer is a scary word. Childhood cancer is a scarier reality. St. Jude helps children not only survive, but live.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 04, 2011 8:42 AM by Jennifer Krause
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