The Tuesday after US Thanksgiving is known as “Giving Tuesday,” and this year WTA Charities kicked off a global giving initiative to benefit Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide.
All of the WTA’s offices participated in the charitable action, including the corporate headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida, its European headquarters in London, its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Beijing and its Singapore headquarters.
In Beijing, WTA staff collected toys and pitched in for a new clothes dryer to donate to the RMDH in China, while the Singapore office donated 50 “Tubs of Love” to the RMDH in Singapore to benefit mothers in need.
According to the Singapore RMDH, Tubs of Love are “a baby bathtub filled with essential newborn layette items" that are given out to needy mothers to help them get started on motherhood in the first few months of their child’s life.
Meanwhile in London, the RMDH Evelina received two bicycles and helmets, along with an Amazon gift card organized by the WTA London office.
And in St. Petersburg, Florida, WTA staff split up into various teams in order to maximize their giving efforts. Team “WTA Charities” - made up of members of the communications and human relations departments - went to the St. Petersburg RMDH to cook dinner.
Member Relations embarked on “The Amazing Charity Race” and went shopping for toys and supplies that were donated to the RMDH, while the Sports Science and Medicine Team delivered a donation to sponsor a family for a week at the RMDH.
Even tournament supervisors and chair umpires joined the action - they helped put together 80 snack and toiletry bags for the St. Petersburg RMDH.
Then at the end of the day, Director of Security Bob Campbell and tournament supervisors Yannick Yoshizawa and Chen Shu were on hand to deliver all the donation items collected to the St. Pete RMDH.
WTA Charities is the WTA's global philanthropic organization dedicated to making a positive impact across the globe. Our mission is to be a social responsibility vehicle built on the WTA's values to empower and provide for a better future. We're dedicated to combining, strengthening and enhancing the community and charitable efforts of the WTA through its members (players, alumnae and tournaments), along with our partners.