Employees at one of Akzo Nobel’s Coatings sites in the USA have been helping to bring some festive cheer into the lives of disadvantaged local families.
Workers from the company’s Aerospace Coatings facility in Waukegan, Illinois—which employs around 180 people—have been generously donating to two special collections set up by the site’s Activities Committee.
After successfully conducting a food drive for the local Catholic charities, employees have also contributed to an Adopt-a-Family toy collection, partnering with a neighborhood church.
“This is something we’ve not done as a site before and I wanted to try and do something to raise the profile of the company in the community,” explained Anthony Stupar, who became chairperson of the plant’s Activities Committee earlier this year.
“We collected a van full of food which was donated to local families in need and because that worked out so well, we set up something else called Operation Secret Santa.”
This extra initiative asked employees to donate new, unwrapped toys, which will be wrapped and given to the children of underprivileged families. Initially, two families were to receive the gifts—an out-of-work single mother with four children and jobless parents with two children—but so many donations were made that an additional two families will benefit from the efforts of the Waukegan workers.
“It’s gone really well,” added Anthony, who is the site’s production manager of batch manufacturing. “We’ll definitely be doing it again next year.”
(Released: December 23, 2003)