Coca-Cola staffers touch-up senior center gazebo

ajames@newsobserver.comMay 20, 2013 

— About 20 Coca-Cola supervisors spent last Wednesday afternoon staining a fence and repairing the gazebo at a senior-care facility.

The employees came from the Coca-Cola offices in Clayton, Greenville and Halifax to spruce up the courtyard at the Clayton House, a residential-care center for people with Alzheimer’s.

Joseph Oreshack is the maintenance worker at the Clayton House.

“I’d been wanting to do a lot with this area, but being the only maintenance guy, I stay pretty busy doing stuff on the inside of the facility,” he said.

The Clayton volunteer day was one of several a year that Coca-Cola employees devote to community service.

The company also paid for the supplies needed to complete the project.

“It’s good when you get out and do these things and affect different people,” said John Holbrook, who oversees deliveries at Coca-Cola in Clayton.

On the gazebo, one group of men tore off damaged lattice work and put up new wood to create more shade.

Afterward, they painted it all bright white.

Another group stained the fence surrounding the courtyard, while others planted flowers.

“It’s perfect timing, too, because next month we’re having a family day out here when the residents can see their families, and we’re going to have a cookout,” Oreshack said.

Residents of the center can spend time in the courtyard from noon to 3 p.m. each day.

“At each of our facilities, we have local stewardship committees,” said Philip Davidson, who works in sales for Coca-Cola and helped oversee the service day.

Elsewhere in Clayton, Coca-Cola employees have supported “Coke trees” at Cooper Elementary and West Clayton Elementary schools.

Similar to an “Angel Tree,” a Coke tree lists the Christmas wishes of needy children.

The employees’ next project is raising money at the Rex Open Golf Tournament to support Backpack Buddies, which provides meals on the weekend to children whose families can’t afford all of the food they need.

James: 919-553-7234

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