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Celebrating a Spirit of Giving at IWCO Direct This Thanksgiving

Bev Lohs

Traditions are important, especially around the holidays. Along with hosting family gatherings, a favorite tradition of mine is serving a holiday meal at Loaves & Fishes, which includes distributing warm weather gear to the needy, both young and old.

Around Thanksgiving, it’s especially important to step back and appreciate all that we have been blessed with. I’m thankful to work for a strong and thriving company. I’m thankful for the ongoing mentorship given to me; and the ability to mentor others. I’m also thankful for the spirit of generosity that flows through IWCO Direct.

I’m always reminded at this time of year of all the wonderful ways our employees come together to support our communities. This includes those who participate in The Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics and our ongoing efforts with the United Way, which helps many with financial, housing and day-to-day life challenges. Not to mention the many individuals who contribute to their communities anonymously. With Thanksgiving just two days away, I wanted to briefly touch upon some of the other generous ways our employees give back:

Warminster

As in previous years, Warminster’s Community Giving Project is a food drive to support the Food Pantry at the Bucks County Housing Group (BCHG).  This group is the largest provider of homeless services in Bucks County, caring primarily for families with children as part of several homeless housing programs. BCHG touches the lives of over 50,000 people every year through their homeless shelters, affordable housing units, food pantries and counseling services.  BCHG operates three community food pantries and has also created a Veterans Housing Assistance Program for homeless and needy veterans.

Hamburg

Employees recently held a basket raffle that raised $1,545 for the United Way. They are also donating

coats, hats and gloves to the Hamburg Salvation Army Coat Drive, along with cat and dog care items to the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA no-kill animal shelter in Pottsville.

Little Falls

Little Falls employees raised $2,633 for local charities this fall through a variety of activities like a silent auction and game boards. The organizations supported include the Morrison County Chaplaincy, a program run by the local sheriff’s office to respond to all critical incidents, which include death notifications, crisis counseling and debriefings to help people in need. The Day of Caring, where high school students help the elderly and others in need with outdoor household projects, is another cause they support. Finally, they contributed to the Little Falls Senior Center, which provides health, education, recreation and socialization opportunities for seniors.

We truly have so much to be grateful for: the confidence of our customers to trust their business with us; the commitment and dedication of our employees who come to work every day to serve our customers and one another; and of course the continuous love and ongoing relationships of friends and family.

Here’s to wishing a blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours!

link https://www.iwco.com/blog/2015/11/24/community-giving-iwco-direct/
Bev Lohs

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Bev Lohs

Vice President of Human Resources. Graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and IWCO Direct team member for nearly 20 years. Favorite award or recognition: Random acts of kindness. Personal business philosophy: “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual” – Vince Lombardi. Loves summer boating, winter dogsledding and the Green Bay Packers.

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