With Thanksgiving just a few days away, everyone here at IWCO Direct has been busy counting their blessings and looking for opportunities to pay it forward and give back to those in need during this holiday season. Here are some of the ways our associates are rolling up their sleeves and ramping up their community giving efforts:
Toys for Tots
Administrative Assistant Joan Donahue is again heading up efforts for our Chanhassen facilities’ campaign to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. For more than 10 years, Joan has been organizing this event in Chanhassen in which employees can drop off new, unwrapped toys for children ages 1–18 in the lobby of each building December 3-15. Employees can also contribute monetary donations to help families in need provide their children with gifts during the holiday season.
Community Thanksgiving Meal
A community sponsored Thanksgiving dinner will be held at Little Falls Community High School from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. There is no charge for this meal that is designed to bring the community together, but donations are accepted. Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to those unable to drive, prepare the meal, serve food and clean-up. This event is being held with assistance of the Little Falls Area Ministerial Association, Live Better Live Longer (LBLL) and Little Falls Community Schools. Those interested in participating, volunteering or donating to this event can visit the Morrison County Record webpage.
This year, the Community Outreach Program has started a community garden to benefit Live Better Live Longer (LBLL). Little Falls employees are providing monetary donations to a group of novice gardeners who have a sense of conservation and natural gardening principles. In return, this community group provides the city’s food pantry with a source of fresh vegetables – giving residents an opportunity to “go green.”
For the last several years, Hamburg employees have been teaming with the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree efforts. In this gift drive, the local Salvation Army office provides Hamburg with angel tags to hang on Christmas Trees (located in facility lunchrooms) with a child’s name, age and wish list on it. Employees who wish to participate select a name from the tree and shop for that child. On December 8, the Salvation Army will be picking up these gifts for distribution to the children. This year, the Hamburg team’s goal is to bring an extra smile to 45 children.
Books Are Fun
Tomorrow (November 25), Hamburg will once again have its Book and Gift Fair. Employees can purchase books and other gift items on this date. All proceeds go to a local food pantry.
Warminster employees recently completed a fundraiser for Bucks County Housing Group, which is responsible for the maintenance and staffing of the three independently operated and funded community food pantries. Employees contributed non-perishable food items; baby food; baby formula; and personal items not covered by food stamps (i.e., soaps, diapers, toothpaste, etc.) for this group. This was the first year that the Warminster campus has assisted this group and was inspired by the high percentage of families with infants who depend on these three food pantries. The generosity of the Warminster team has caused this fundraiser to be a great success for the Bucks County Housing Group.
Thank you to everyone who has organized these giving opportunities and volunteered their time and efforts to helping those in need in our communities.
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