No wrapping paper required

 I get as excited as the next person about opening a present on Christmas morning, but I think most of us realize — at least when we get a little older — that it is always better to give than receive, especially during this time of year.
The fact is, Fayetteville Public Utilities gives back to our community every day of the year. Through our work to provide reliable utilities, support local schools, promote economic development and various other community efforts, FPU is consistently engaged in activities that make the community we serve a great place to live, work and raise a family. Many of these efforts can take years to bear fruit, and that’s okay. We’re in it for the long haul.
There is something we do, however, that offers a more immediate payback. Every year, FPU sets aside a special day — our “Day of Service” — where we come together to tackle projects to benefit others in our community.
In previous years we have collected and donated undergarments for Clothe Our Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides clothing for children in need. We also hosted a toy drive that benefited Juniors House, another nonprofit that provides prevention, intervention, and treatment services to physically and sexually abused children and their families within a child-focused team approach. We’ve worked with local nursing homes and long-term care facilities to provide care packages for those who were most isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic, read to children in the Head Start program and worked with Hands of Mercy food bank during their mobile food pantry.
It’s hard to describe the feeling we share when working side-by-side on these projects with other FPU employees. The sense of camaraderie goes way beyond wearing matching shirts. Our Day of Service has become a tradition, and it’s one I personally look forward to each year. We get dirty, we sweat and we have a great time — all while knowing we’re accomplishing something important for someone else.
I’d like to take this opportunity to challenge you to start 2022 with a resolution to make our community a better place to live. Volunteer your time to help someone less fortunate or help a local organization complete a project it might not have the funds or the hands to otherwise complete. Donations are great, but there’s just something soul-satisfying about giving time. Whether through your church, a school or a community nonprofit, there’s a project out there just waiting for you to undertake. I can promise you this: The rewards of doing so are meaningful and long-lasting.
The employees of FPU join me in wishing you and yours a safe and happy Christmas season and many blessings in the coming new year.