She found herself with no home to come home to.

By: Lillian Doremus

V Teamer Leah Gregory took her kids out for ice cream and returned to ashes.

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It started out like a normal weekend for Leah Gregory from Finance Operations in Tulsa, OK. She'd just finished cleaning the house and thought she and her kids deserved some ice cream. They were met with fire trucks when returning home.

Many of Leah's cherished possessions were lost in the fire, including her grandmother's china she was saving for her daughter and a 1911 Edison record player. She is grateful her grandfather's World War II flag was spared. She's equally grateful to her fellow V Teamers and VtoV, our Employee Relief Fund. Leah received her grant quickly and the first thing she did was find a new place to live, and she was fortunate to find one even larger than her previous home. Her first purchases included mattresses and bed linens -- her family was thrilled to lay down for a good night's sleep without having to use a pump to blow up air mattresses again.

It’s almost one year later, and I look around and think ‘where did all of this come from?’ The things we needed most came from this wonderful group of people I am proud to call my co-workers.

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About the author(s):

Lillian Doremus is a member of the Verizon HR Communications team. She highlights workplace culture and employee achievements.


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