Qlarant brings Christ­mas to a Tal­bot fam­ily

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT [email protected]­pub.com

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

A box truck was com­pletely filled with gifts given by the Qlarant as­so­ci­ates Fri­day, Dec. 14.

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