Oklahoma City-based payroll services provider Paycom donated $56,100 to the Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma, surpassing the company's annual gift last year of $31,937.
“The gift Paycom has been able to present to The Salvation Army is a testament to our incredible employees. They never fail to amaze me with their generosity for others,” Stacey Pezold, Paycom's executive vice president of operations, said in a statement. “I am so proud to be part of an organization that rallies to support those who are less fortunate, and Paycom does this time and time again, no matter the season. That we far surpassed last year's donation amount doesn't surprise me in the slightest.”
To raise the funds, Paycom employees took part in a raffle benefiting The Salvation Army. Paycom provided a corporate match of $1.50 for every dollar raised in the raffle.
Paycom's 2013 gift was the largest employee-and-company-combined donation The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma has received this year and ranks as its largest kettle campaign donation in its history.
“This gift today from Paycom means life-sustaining opportunities for many families,” Captain Carlyle Gargis of The Salvation Army said in a statement. “Each and every night we have families come and see us at The Salvation Army who find themselves without a place to stay. Many times they have lost hope, but The Salvation Army is there to provide help, hope and home for them. That is what Paycom and this gift is about today — providing help, hope and home to those needy Oklahomans.”
Paycom employees also helped provide gifts for 50 Oklahoma children through The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. Employees supplied gifts and monetary contributions to families statewide with children up to age 14.
Paycom this month also held its inaugural HoliDazzle event. The coat drive at Remington Park benefited KFOR's annual Brad Edwards Warmth 4 Winter campaign. The event resulted in the donation of more than 300 new or gently used coats.