For 26 volunteers from State Street Corp. in Kansas City, Friday was not a typical day in the office.
The volunteers spent the day volunteering with Heart to Heart, doing quality control on Heart to Heart Care Kits at the Global Distribution Center in Kansas City, Kan.
The volunteers shifted through hundreds of plastic zippered bags to verify that the 10 required personal hygiene items - ranging from combs to hand towels - were included in each one. They then packed the plastic bags in banana cartons for shipment to Haiti.
Heart to Heart already has shipped thousands of the Care Kits to Haitians left homeless by the Jan. 12 earthquake, which is now being called the worst natural disaster in history. Heart to Heart is hoping to raise enough donated cash, hygiene products and volunteer time to ship 100,000 Care Kits to Haiti.
The State Street volunteer program
allows employees to take off two paid days a year to do volunteer projects. The program is part of State Street's wide-ranging corporate social responsibility initiative.
The Boston-based financial services company's Foundation already has pledged $400,000 to Haiti relief, and is planning to match up to $100,000 in employee donations.