PROVO, Utah, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivint, the largest home automation services provider in North America, spreads cheer to more than 3,000 children throughout North America by stepping in for Santa this holiday season.
Every year, Vivint employees band together to make Christmas a little brighter for children in need. Through the Vivint Gives Back program, the company's charitable giving foundation, Vivint employees are given the opportunity to donate their time and money to Sub for Santa. More than 900 Vivint employees across the nation helped shop, wrap, and deliver gifts this year. Each participating employee received a wish list for their "adopted" child to select personalized gifts including toys, clothing, and educational supplies.
"There isn't anything more rewarding than providing joy and restoring hope for kids in need. The looks on the children's faces as they open gifts is just priceless," said Josh Houser, president of Vivint Gives Back. "Vivint's Sub for Santa program is an awesome tradition and our employees are beyond passionate about making a difference for these children and their families."
Employees gave more than $100,000 from their individual paychecks, and Vivint corporate matched the employee donation dollar-for-dollar for a total contribution of $222,000 to fund this nationwide holiday effort. In Utah, employees delivered gifts to more than 1,000 students at Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementary, 98 percent of whom live below the poverty threshold.
"Unfortunately, the holiday season can be a difficult time for some of our students," said Roosevelt Elementary Principal Jennifer Reed. "This year, Vivint helped make it a little less difficult. Through the Sub for Santa program, Vivint employees generously provided gifts for our entire student body. It's always touching to see the broader community here to support and care for our students and their families."
This year marks Vivint's sixth annual Sub for Santa event. Since the program's inception, the number of children assisted has tripled. The 3,000 kids who benefit from the program this year are found throughout 125 locations in North America. The Sub for Santa program remains a favorite for Vivint employees and their families, as they get to help spread joy to these children during the holiday season.
About Vivint Gives Back
Vivint Gives Back was created to alleviate hardship and restore hope for families in need. The program focuses the efforts of the company's employees and owners, who contribute time, money, and volunteer hours to perform service in their communities. In addition, Vivint Gives Back hosts the Gives Back Project, an online charitable campaign that awarded $1.25 million to 86 non-profit organizations throughout the United States and Canada in 2011. Security Sales & Integration magazine also recognized the 2010 Gives Back Project as the "Best Community Outreach Program" with a SAMMY Award. For more information, visit http:///www.vivint.com/givesback.
Vivint is a leading provider of home technology services. Vivint services are delivered through a technology-based platform that integrates a wide range of wireless features and components to provide simple, affordable home security, energy management, home automation, and solar solutions. Our vision is to connect customers to the things that matter most—their homes, families, health, cars, and businesses. In 2011, Vivint's Home Automation package and Advanced Security package received a Consumers Digest "Best Buy" rating. Vivint also received the 2012 CSAA Central Station of the Year award for overall excellence in monitoring, training, and quality relationships with customers. Dedicated to protecting families, increasing energy efficiency, and simplifying lives, Vivint has over 13 years of experience and supports more than 800,000 customers throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the company's website at www.vivint.com.
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