RIVERVIEW, Florida— At the Progressive Insurance call center in Riverview, the halls are normally ringing with incoming calls.
But on this day, the office looks a lot more like Santa’s workshop. The insurance company is teaming up with the Plant City Kiwanis Club to sponsor an 'Angel Tree' filled with blue and pink cards, each listing the age of a needy child and three items on their Christmas wish list.
“This is about bringing joy to the kids and I was just happy to be part of this,” said Infonta Clark, a customer service agent in his first year with Progressive.
When he saw the huge number of cards on the tree he didn’t just take one or two.
“I just went and grabbed a whole roll and part of another row,” said Clark with a huge smile. “I didn’t even look at them, so whatever I got must have been meant to be.”
Word of his generosity spread around the office with more and more coworkers picking up gifts. And when there were still a few remaining cards left on the tree, Infonta wasn’t about to give up.
“I said ‘hey, we’re not going to have not one ticket left on the table.’”
Coworkers say they’re not the least bit surprised.
“From day one, he’s impressed me,” said co-worker Monica Diaz of Clark. “He just has the biggest heart. I’ve never met anyone like him.”
“I’ve never seen someone with that much generosity, and he had taken so many of those kids and literally went through every part of the list, and got them what they wanted, and then some,” said co-worker Cynthia Peoples. “It blew me away. It really made my day better.”
This real-life Santa is a full-time student with a full-time job and still manages to save money to help others, something he learned from his father as a child.
“When we would go for Christmas, we’d buy gifts for the less fortunate and that was where the joy was,” said Clark.
It’s a tradition he still believes in, stopping by the toy store to pick up more gifts for the last few kids.
And with all the cards are gone, each and every child will have a very Merry Christmas.
“It’s a lot better to give than receive,” says Clark. “That’s what I think this holiday is all about. It is the gift of giving.”
In all, the Riverview Progressive Insurance Office collected more than 1500 gifts to be distributed to around 500 needy children.
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