The 2013 Give Time Together volunteer program reached a record 51 percent participation – 5,300 employees compared to the 3,500 who participated in 2012. Employees participated in more than 450 different events in 31 countries. The number of hours reported also leapt from 23,736 in 2012 to more than 35,000 so far this year – a 50 percent increase.

 “Sabre employees individually contributed to a total of more than 35,000 hours. As a result, we built a house that will stand for years, packed meals that will feed 850 hungry children for the next year, helped people obtain skills to improve their lives, renovated schools and much more,” said 2013 Give Time Together Chairman John Hanson, vice president of corporate systems. “These are the things that will have a lasting impact and go far beyond what any of us could have done on our own. What we were able to accomplish together this year was amazing, and I’m thankful to be a part of a company that so genuinely rallies around this opportunity to give back each year.”

The numbers are impressive, but the stories of what Sabre employees accomplished reflect the true impact. Here are just a few highlights from the 2013 campaign:

Montevideo: More than 600 employees volunteered at the Roosevelt School for children with physical disabilities. The not-for-profit school educates and rehabilitates children ages 2 to 16. The team built a new greenhouse and desks to accommodate their special needs and also hosted fun activities for the kids.

Tokyo: In a combined effort with Infini Travel Information, employees cleaned and organized the interior and exterior of a Donald McDonald House—the Japanese name for the Ronald McDonald House—where children with intractable diseases stay with their families while seeking treatment.

Bangalore: Employees  volunteered in classrooms, fixed the computer lab, prepared meals and spent time with children attending the Sri Rakum School for the Blind. The school serves more than 500 visually impaired children and their families living below the poverty line.

Southlake: More than 800 employees worked in seven shifts to support the Feed the Hunger campaign by packing more than 204,000 meals for children in Haiti. And, more than 600 employees spent a total 2,750 hours – to build Habitat for Humanity homes for the Tuffa -Simertu families, and to improve a number of other homes.

Krakow: Employees from the Development center partnered with a local nonprofit called Nobody’s Children Foundation. They received training and ran workshops for children on how to be safe on the Internet.

Washington, D.C.: Home-based employees volunteered with Food & Friends, a community organization caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. The team helped prepare and deliver specialized meals and groceries.