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Fire Inc. Atlanta Supports an Operation Smile Medical Mission in Guatemala

Fire Inc. Atlanta Supports an Operation Smile Medical Mission in Guatemala

Fire Inc. Atlanta believes in the importance of giving back and making a difference in the community. This year, Fire Inc. Atlanta held various charity events and helped raise funds to support an Operation Smile medical mission. Operation Smile is a not-for-profit medical service organization that provides cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide. To date, Operation Smile has provided reconstructive surgery to more than 150,000 children and young adults in more than 50 countries.

Multiple business joined the effort to fund a medical mission in Guatemala. However, Fire Inc. Atlanta’s determination and constant support granted them the recognition of being one of the top fundraisers! The president of Fire Inc. Atlanta, Malcolm Elavia, had the privilege to go on this medical mission trip on behalf of his company. During the week-long mission, Malcolm helped coordinate screenings, interacted with the families, and assisted in the recovery process.

Malcolm Elavia shared his experience:

“Having the opportunity to go to Guatemala and see these life-changing surgeries take place was amazing. I loved getting to see first-hand the impact that our donations made on each of these patients and I am proud to be able to support such a great cause. Being able to presence these surgeries was sad but heartwarming at the same time. I really got attached to some of the kids and their families that I spent time with. The most impactful experience by far was the relationship I built with an 8 year old girl named Palisha and her family. Palisha was unfortunately not selected as a candidate for the surgery for this year, but still showed such a positive, thankful spirit to all of us who came down to help out with the mission trip. Before I left, she even gave me a framed picture of us as a gift. I’ll always remember her optimism and plan to stay in touch with her and her family in the future.”

Overall, 104 patients had the opportunity to receive the surgery. Now that Malcolm is back from the trip, he is more motivated than ever to be able to support this great cause. Over the next year, Malcolm plans to support Operation Smile by raising twice the amount his company donated in 2014.

To find out how you can join Fire Inc. Atlanta’s effort, visit our Miles of Smiles page by clicking here! 

Let’s help Operation Smile change lives one smile at a time!

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Words of Wisdom Along With Hard Work Results in Success

At Fire Inc. Atlanta, the team knows that in order to reach success, it is important to have the vision of who you want to be and set goals to lead the way. Every day, our team members come full of energy and excited to accomplish their dreams. This hard work is noticed and as a result our team had three recent promotions.

Dustin Vickers, Romeo Silverman and Chris Grilliard were recently recognized at Fire Inc. Atlanta’s top leaders! They are a true example of discipline, hard work, positive attitude and willingness to succeed and grow.

Our leaders shared with the rest of the team that it is important to have someone to look up to. That it is important to keep in mind the words that will inspire you to keep moving forward.

Dustin Vickers stated, “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” —Peter Drucker

Romeo Silverman quoted Harry S. Truman, “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”

Chris Grilliard’s favorite quote is from Mr. Douglas MacArthur, “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

How about you? What are the words that move you?

-Fire Inc. Atlanta


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Fire Inc. Atlanta Pumpkin Carving Contest

Halloween might be behind us, with only the discounted candy and discarded pumpkins in the grocery stores to remind us of the holiday.  But here at Fire Inc. Atlanta we plan to keep the festivities going for just a little longer as we present the winners of our Halloween pumpkin carving contest.

The pumpkin contest results were amazing, and it was difficult to pick a winner.  Despite the fact that the judges had allowed entries to be more than just carving (suggestions included using straight pins to attach decorations or painting the pumpkins), all of the entries did an excellent job with nothing more than just a knife and a pumpkin.

Entries were judged on originality, ingenious use of inexpensive and recycled materials, quality of the work, suitability of the title, and quality of work.

The winners of the contest will have a pizza party and special recognition in the organization newsletter.

Here are the finalists:

The High Seas- Fire Inc. Atlanta

The Avengers- Fire Inc. Atlanta

Pumpkin Piggy- Fire Inc. Atlanta

Puking Pumpkin - Fire Inc. Atlanta

Pissed Pumpkin- Fire Inc. Atlanta

Jack O Lantern Family -Fire Inc. Atlanta

Goblin- Fire Inc. Atlanta

Belichick's Ball - Fire Inc. Atlanta

Flying Dragon - Fire Inc. Atlanta

And the winner was this pumpkin, entitled “Pitching out his bum”

Pitching Out His Bum - Fire Inc. Atlanta

Thanks to everyone who participated for making the season a festive one!


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Fire Inc. Atlanta gives money and time to the 2012 Buddy Walk

Fire Inc. Atlanta and Wyatt's Warriors at the 2012 Buddy Walk

Fire Inc. Atlanta and Wyatt's Warriors at the 2012 Buddy Walk

Wyatt's Warriors at the 2012 Buddy Walk

Fire Inc. Atlanta recently spent their weekend donating time and money to the 2012 Buddy Walk.  The Buddy Walk is a program organized by the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, which has planned buddy walks throughout the United States in an effort to both raise money for the Association as well as promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with Down Syndrome in the communities where they live.

Buddy Walks were orginially established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October.   The 2012 Atlanta Buddy Walk was a quarter-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training.  Not only is it an inspirational and educational event that celebrates all of the accomplishments of people with Down Syndrome in the Atlanta Community, but it also raised money for the programs that help families with the syndrome lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

Fire Inc. Atlanta became involved in the Buddy Walk through Kris Corn, whose son Wyatt was born with Down Syndrome.  When Wyatt was born Kris admits that all the family knew was the stereotypical and general information that everyone seems to know about the syndrome, but that despite his diagnosis Wyatt is thriving.

“Nothing EVER keeps this little guy from reaching his fullest potent,” Kris wrote. “Despite the fact that he had to undergo open-heart surgery and has physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies each week to keep him close in development with all his peers…Wyatt is thriving!!!”

It is because of events like the Buddy Walk that Wyatt has access to the services and support he needs, and because of this Kris formed a team for the walk called “Wyatt’s Warriors” that participates every year in the walk.

Fire Inc. Atlanta was happy to be a sponsor of the walk and gladly participated in the Wyatt’s Warriors team.  The team turned out in force for the event, including owner Malcolm Elavia.

Fire Inc. Atlanta fights off superheroes at the Atlanta Buddy Walk

While the autumn day was a little blustery, the 2500 people in attendance enjoyed themselves immensely.  The walk raised $177,560, and hopes to make that number an even $200,000 by December 31, 2012.

See more pictures from the event at our Facebook and find out more information about Fire Inc. Atlanta at the BBB website or on our Yellow Pages. 


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