03.01.2018Inside Verizon

It all started with a sandwich and a kind gesture. Andrew Rabb has a movement behind him.

By: Peter Casale

Spread the love.

Credo Winner Andrew Rabb

Andrew Rabb with a few of his famous PB&J sandwiches.

On any given day, the kitchen tables and countertops in Andrew Rabb’s home are covered with loaves of bread, jars of peanut butter and jelly, and snacks.

All that food is not for himself. It’s for the homeless people he meets on his way to his office in Manhattan and throughout New York City on sales calls.

We shared Andrew’s story of kindness and charity as part of our "This is me" series back in January, and it caught the attention of Connie Chaffins, the Director at the call center in Charlotte, NC.

“I was just so inspired when I saw Andrew’s story,” Connie said. “I’ve got a team who loves to give back. We usually work on projects here in Charlotte to help our local community, but seeing the selfless work Andrew does in NYC made us want to reach out further and help a fellow V Teamer.”

Andrew Rabb - Credo Award Winner

So Connie and her team made a call to action. They asked all the V Teamers at the call center in Charlotte to bring in a jar of peanut butter or jelly. In just four days, they had gathered over 500 lbs.

But there was one small speed bump… “We had no idea how we were going to get 500 lbs of peanut butter and jelly all the way up to New York City.”

Chris Sharrow and Curtis Pressey, Senior Managers on Connie’s team, stepped up to the plate. They loaded up a rental SUV with all the PB&J, and left Charlotte on a Sunday for the 10-hour drive north. Along with the PB&J, they brought custom-made “Spread the Love,” t-shirts, and a signed note for Andrew from the team in Charlotte.

Andrew was out of the office taking care of his son the Monday Chris and Curtis arrived, but his supervisor, Jeff Soto, was there to receive the donations. Ryan Anderson and Derek Ulicni provided some extra muscle to help move all 500 lbs of PB&J from the car up to the office.

The next morning when Andrew came into the office, he had a big surprise waiting for him. Thanks to a small idea and little help from the Charlotte team, Andrew will be able to make a lot of sandwiches, and make a big impact.

Charlotte and NYC teams pose with their PBJ sandwiches

From left to right: Chris Sharrow, Curtis Pressey, Derek Ulicni, Ryan Anderson, and Jeff Soto.

About the author(s): 

Peter Casale is a member of the Verizon Corporate Communications team. He's the resident writer, producer and creative who likes to tell stories — just ask his parents, he's been doing it his whole life.