Each SKIL office holds an annual customer appreciation picnic so SKIL employees and customers can meet. The purpose of these are to recognize the employees and direct support workers. “We want to remind those people that SKIL is here for them,” explains Columbus IL Coordinator Aaron Ellison. "The picnics are a lot of fun. We work with a lot of customers over the telephone, so this gives them a chance to come out and meet us and put a name with a face so they can see who we are.”
With the pandemic continuing to wreak havoc, picnic protocol is changing. This will be the case for the annual Columbus customer appreciation picnic, which will be held this Friday, July 31st from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.
As always, there will be food. As of this writing, it was undetermined if the primary food would be hamburgers or hotdogs. Those items will be accompanied by chips and a drink. This year, however, the food be dispersed in a different fashion. “We're going to have pick-up orders,” explains Ellison. “People will be able to drive up and tell us what they want. We're going to be in the park pavillion, so they can then go and eat their food somewhere in the park if they want. But we are practicing social distancing and trying to keep from congregating people.”
The picnic is open to the public and the food is free.
This past weekend, I was outside looking at the beautiful stars when an amazing light shot across the sky. I had never seen a falling star be visible for as long as I saw this light. I now know that it was probably the space station, not a falling star. That did not take away my excitement from the beauty I witnessed or the wish that I made. In fact, it made me want to do more stargazing in hopes of seeing it again.
With all of the negative things we hear and see that are going on in this world, it is nice to have moments that can give you joy. We just have to look around and find them. One of the things that fills my heart is being able to love so many people. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work for SKIL and meet so many people. I can’t wait until we can open back up so I can see everyone, but until it is safe I will just love you all by being cautious and keeping the offices closed except by appointment.
Despite the pandemic, we have some wonderful opportunities to get out and see each other. The free lunch drive/walk/roll through ADA Celebration, held today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is our first major opportunity, but we also have all of our free customer appreciation picnics scheduled. I hope to see you at those events. The free picnics will be very much like our ADA Celebration, to respect social distancing and remain safe. But, we will be seeing each other and feeling that love that fills our hearts with hope for humanity.
I am lucky to have you all in my life. Thank you for being the shooting star that fills my heart with love and joy.