February 16, 2011

Chris Balodis our Automation/Fabrication Technician was recognized this month for displaying Eastern’s Core Value of Caring.

Since first learning mid-year 2009 of the uphill battle against stage 4-pancreatic cancer that Josh Worley, former UPS Delivery/Driver to BR1-Greenville, was facing, Chris has consistently and repeatedly demonstrated care and concern for Josh and his family.  Chris’s actions helped to raise awareness throughout the branch of one in such great need, which in turn led others desiring to get involved in being a blessing to the Worley family.  Some of these actions included co-organizing a golf tournament that raised over $19,000 and coordinating throughout the upstate branches a collection that raised $1,250 to provide for a special Worley Family Christmas.

Another noteworthy act of care centers around the efforts Chris undertook in obtaining an autographed piece of memorabilia by Josh’s favorite movie director, M. Night Shyamalan.  Chris’s persistence in finding the right contacts led to Shyamalan penning a personal note to Josh, along with his signature to a bound script.  When asked why or how he pulled it off, Chris could only say:  “The Lord is working through me, and He wanted you to know that He is listening.  He loves you very much.”

Chris cared constantly through the special hand of friendship he extended to the Josh Worley Family during Josh’s battle with pancreatic cancer. Through calls, visits, notes, fundraising, and many other compassionate acts of kindness, Chris has led by example – impacting the lives of others in a most personal, meaningful way.  Because Chris cares, Eastern cares.