One of our core values at Graphic Enterprises is operating as a faith-based business. Throughout the year, and especially at the Christmas season, we want to share the blessings we have received and to give back to the community where we live, work and raise our families.
One organization that does so much for our area is the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Supporting Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties, the foodbank is a distribution center the purchases large quantities of food at reduced prices, sorts it and then distributes it to agencies in its eight-county service area. About 180,000 people receive nutritious meals each year because of the foodbank’s network.
Our program is called Helping Hands for the Hungry, and each time an employee donates, they get to put a “hand” on the wall display in our office. In 2011 we collected approximately 300 pounds of food to give to the foodbank. This year our goal was 500 pounds, but we are well on our way to 1,000 pounds already! The generosity of the team is wonderful.
In addition, we’re participating in Coats for Christmas, an initiative of A Community Christmas, a local, non-profit, all-volunteer organization that strives to coordinate Christmas giving efforts in Stark County. Our North Canton location is one of 81 places that people can donate new and gently used coats in all sizes for infants, children and adults. All coats stay in Stark County and are given away at no charge at Goodwill stores and at Calvary Mission. Last year A Community Christmas distributed more than 2,200 coats.
We are privileged to support two worthy causes. I hope that what we and many others are doing throughout the area will make an important difference for neighbors in need. Merry Christmas!