In honor of Black History Month, on February, 27th, members of CSX's African American Inclusion Group organized an event where employees of the Jacksonville headquarters building and Southpoint were encouraged to create cards for seniors and members of the military. The objective of the exercise was to create something physical to share messages of love and acknowledgement, thanking those who paved the way for the freedoms we enjoy today. All told, around 50 CSX employees attended, and over 100 cards were produced.
Following the event, the cards intended for the seniors were hand-delivered to the historic Eartha M. M. White Nursing Home in Jacksonville. Cards with messages for the military were packaged up and sent to various destinations around the United States in cooperation with Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends over 150,000 care packages to new recruits, veterans, first responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to service members deployed overseas.
African American Inclusion Group member and Communications Chairperson Shannan Holloway, also one of the event organizers said, "It was an amazing experience watching our employees come together to acknowledge others that don’t get nearly the recognition they deserve. The seniors were so touched by the gesture, and my guess is that when the members of the military receive them, they will be as well."
The African American Inclusion Group is one of a number of Inclusion Groups at CSX. Inclusion Groups are employee-driven groups either connected through major demographics such as race, ethnicity, gender etc. or they are connected through a common geographic location. The primary purpose of these groups is to support the company’s diversity, inclusion and engagement strategy and business objectives.