At Copeco, we believe in giving back all year long to the communities where we do business. Yet, during the Christmas season, the outpouring of generosity seems even greater, and I love seeing our team share with those in need in very tangible ways.
For the past two years, we’ve run a program called Helping Hands for the Hungry, collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. We’re also participating in Coats for Christmas, an initiative of A Community Christmas.
After collecting 300 pounds of food in 2011, we decided this year to set our goal at 500 pounds. So far, we are well on our way to 1,000 pounds! Each employee who donates can place a “hand” on the poster in our office. As you can imagine, the display is covered with hands.
If you’re not familiar with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank or A Community Christmas, which are both non-profit organizations, let me tell you a little bit about them. The foodbank does an amazing job of sourcing food for the needy in Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties. Because of the size of its operation, the foodbank can purchase large amounts of food for less and distribute it throughout its eight-county service area, feeding nearly 180,000 people each year.
A Community Christmas is a Stark County all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to coordinating Christmas giving throughout the area to serve as many as possible. The Coats for Christmas program, which last year generated more than 2,200 coats, is one of many the organization spearheads. There are 81 local drop-off locations (including our office) where people can donate new and gently used coats in all sizes for infants, children and adults. The coats remain in Stark County and are available at no cost at Goodwill stores and at Calvary Mission.
On behalf of Copeco and all our employees, we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas! And we hope that our efforts will make an important difference for those in need this holiday season.