Once again we were back at “The Barn” for the Cannon & Cannon Annual Christmas Party. This is an evening we all look forward to and this year we were fortunate to have every employee able to come! With a packed house, we enjoyed a night full of food, presents, and a great reminder of why we are able to gather together and celebrate in the first place — the birth of Christ!
Everyone brings a dish to share and the feasting begins….
This night is only possible because of the generosity of the Cannons. This year Jason Patterson made an awesome and hilarious video thanking and acknowledging all the hard work the Cannons do for CCI. At the end he asked “How do you give to a couple that gives so generously and abundantly?”
This year the employees at CCI decided the way to give to the Cannons is to continue to give to others. They care for the things that matter to us and we wanted to reciprocate that. We were able to make a donation in their honor to H.A.B.I.T., who sponsor programs which foster pet visitation to nursing homes, assisted-living residences, retirement centers, mental health centers, residences for children with special needs, rehabilitation facilities, hospital settings, and other facilities, and to Horse Haven of Tennessee, a nonprofit rescue operation for abused and neglected equine. We also were able to give them a one year subscription to Bark Box.
A few years ago the tradition of the St. Nic Award started, which is given to an employee for their selfless giving to the community, co-workers, and family. This year Becky Bottoms received the award! Becky always has a smile on her face and she was an amazing help to various employees this past year. Congrats Becky!!
And the night continued in the spirit of giving (and stealing) with the “Dirty Santa” gifts given by the Cannons.
Harold ended the night on a sweet note sharing a video about a flight that was carrying home a fallen soldier. The pilot announced that they were bringing home a fallen soldier to his family and the whole flight honored that soldier and his sacrifice. Not only should we remember the sacrifices of others who enable us to live and work freely, but also the sacrifice of the one who came to take away the sins of the world, Jesus Christ.