OKLAHOMA CITY – Paycom Software Inc. employees donated 3,994 pounds of diapers, wipes, toys and clothes to Infant Crisis Services (ICS) during the Oklahoma City-based nonprofit’s annual Bedlam for Babies campaign. According to ICS, at just 6 pounds shy of weighing 2 tons, the gift is its largest in-kind donation from a corporation.
“Every year, we are humbled by the support we receive from Paycom during their Bedlam for Babies drive,” said Miki Farris, ICS executive director and co-founder. “It is an honor to partner with such a philanthropic-minded company, and we are happy they have a heart for the babies and toddlers.”
Paycom’s fifth-annual internal Bedlam for Babies drive ran for the 30 days leading to Nov. 4’s much-anticipated Bedlam battle between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. Choosing among the two sides, Paycom employees competed against each other to discover which “team” could donate the most funds and necessities for Oklahoma babies and toddlers in need.
While this year’s true Bedlam winner will be decided on the football field Saturday, Paycom’s OU team beat OSU with 397 more pounds of supplies.
“No matter the Bedlam outcome, it’s the Oklahoma babies in crisis who win from Paycom’s generous and competitive spirit,” said Kathy Oden-Hall, Paycom’s chief marketing officer and current vice chair of the ICS board of directors. “We’re thankful ICS is there with formula and diapers when a baby needs help, no matter what. Meeting those basic needs not only makes them healthier and happier, it’s critical for their future development.”
Paycom will continue to give back to the community on Friday, Nov. 24, when the software company will join forces with The Salvation Army and KFOR-TV Channel 4 for the fifth annual Paycom HoliDazzle coat drive, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place. The event’s activities include complimentary pictures with Santa and hot cocoa. For each new or gently used coat donated, participants will receive $5 off same-day admission to Science Museum Oklahoma.