For many homeless families, Santa is a woman From Accokeek

News Advisory: Interview/Photo Opportunity

What:  

Bought gifts to make sure they had a good Christmas.

Where:

Spring Road Family Shelter
1433 - 35 Spring Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

NOTE: Immediately following the Spring Road delivery, additional Santa's bags will be delivered to the following Washington, D.C. shelters: The Alexander Social Service Corporation at 4614 Benning Road, S.E., Temporary Living Quarters at 1448 Park Road, N.W. and Community of Hope at 1417 Belmont Street, N.W.

When:

Tuesday, December 24 10:00 a.m.

Background:

Bell Atlantic employee Teresa Williams, who lives in Accokeek, Md., has spent the last four holiday seasons making wreaths and Christmas baskets. The task was more difficult this year because she is ill. Yet Teresa worked tirelessly to meet her deadline, comforted by the true spirit of Christmas.

Teresa sold her wreaths and baskets, and used the proceeds to fill over 100 "Santa's bags" with gifts. Other Bell Atlantic employees will serve as her helpers, using Bell Atlantic vans as their sleighs, to deliver the gifts to homeless shelters so that families in need have a memorable Christmas.

Who:

Teresa Williams, Bell Atlantic consultant; helpers: Harry Booth and Sean Auld, Bell Atlantic technicians; Bob Tone and Tim Myers, Bell Atlantic construction supervisors.