B&R loves to socialize and celebrate. We have historically gathered monthly to celebrate birthdays within the office, the attorneys share weekly Friday lunches to talk shop (or more frequently, IU sports), and our holiday festivities are numerous.
Yet, 2020 has thrown cold water on all of that. Early in the year we stopped gathering to celebrate birthdays. The lunches could no longer be held. We also decided that we could not hold our traditional holiday celebrations this year.
The main purpose and pleasure of those celebrations is the gathering of people, not the food or the other trappings. Unfortunately, gathering in large groups, indoors, for extended period of time while consuming food and beverages is not something we can do safely this year.
So we pivoted. To maintain the spirit of the season, we focused our energy into corporate charitable giving and action. B&R has held a close relationship with Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) for many years. This year, B&R sponsored two families from the Compass Early Learning Center MCUM to fulfill their holiday wish lists. For a number of days, one of our conference rooms was converted to Santa’s workshop, filled with gifts and wrapping paper and joy for nine people.
As Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” B&R is grateful, in this of all years, that we can make a difference for families in need in our community.