Qlarant brings Christmas to a Talbot family
EASTON — Easton-based organization Qlarant and its associates gathered to help load dozens of boxes into a Neighborhood Service Center box truck Friday, Dec. 14.
The boxes contained a very merry Christmas for one Talbot County family. Each year, the people of Qlarant, a Talbot County top employer, donate gifts to help a local family in need. This year’s giving exceeded all expectations.
Qlarant associates gathered and celebrated the
Qlarant associates gathered and celebrated the season of giving by greeting Neighborhood Service Center representatives, and helping to load their truck, which was nearly too small to hold the gifts.
season of giving by greeting Neighborhood Service Center representatives and helping to load their truck, which was nearly too small to hold the gifts. The Neighborhood Service Center is a nonprofit Community Action Agency that has provided services and assistance to hundreds of low-income families and elderly residents in Talbot County for nearly 50 years.
“We’ve participated in this program for many years but this year was unique,” said Qlarant associate Lisa
Blanchfield, who organized the collection. “When we found out our family was a single father with six children, we knew we had to come together in a big way to make sure this man had some help and these kids had a wonderful Christmas.”
In addition to toys from the children’s wish lists, Qlarant workers brought clothing and coats for everyone in the family, as well as household cleaning items, diapers, food, and even a Christmas tree and other decorations. With money raised by weekly lunchtime events, the group also included more than $700 in gift cards and cash.
Not to be outdone, the associates were joined by a donation from the company of a laptop for the father and five iPads for the children, each loaded with 60 no-internet-required games.
The outpouring of generosity overwhelmed Neighborhood Service Center Executive Director Marilyn Neal. As the truck arrived, she was seen shaking her head in amazement. Upon exiting the cab, she loudly declared the Qlarant associates “were not going to make [her] cry!” as she wiped her face while tightly hugging Blanchfield.
“This father is doing his best to support his children and asked for nothing for himself,” Blanchfield said. “Our associates responded in an absolutely outstanding way. I’m just so proud to be a part of this group.”
Qlarant is a nonprofit, nationally respected leader in fighting fraud, waste and abuse, improving program quality and optimizing performance. The company uses subject matter experts and innovative data science and technology to help organizations see risks, solve problem, and seize opportunities. Solutions are customized for health and human services organizations, government agencies, and financial and insurance companies.
Qlarant employs nearly 500 people and has a 45-year record of accomplishment improving the performance of some of the Nation’s most important programs. In addition, the Qlarant Foundation has provided more than $4.5 million in grants.
If you would like more information about this topic, contact Pat Boos at 410-8193553 or email at [email protected] qlarant.com. For more information and to view the video, go to www.qlarant. com.
Neighborhood Service Center Director Marilyn Neal, center, was overwhelmed by the gifts donated by Qlarant associates Friday, Dec. 14. she is joined by Qlarant associates Amy Martin, left, and Lisa Blanchfield, right.
A box truck was completely filled with gifts given by the Qlarant associates Friday, Dec. 14.