Logistics gives back
Here's our monthly roundup of some of the charitable works and donations by companies in the material handling and logistics space.
- XPO Logistics hosted its 6th annual "Fill the truck for veterans, kittens, and pups" campaign in Rockford, Ill., in December. At the event, XPO collected pet supply donations for local animal shelters and raised funds for the Circle of Change Veterans' Dog Program, a nonprofit that helps veterans work through their PTSD and other psychological issues by working with troubled dogs.
- Overcoming anxiety about the unknown, Mallory Scheurer, senior manager of process development and compliance for Fort Smith, Ark.-based ABF Freight, spent a morning last October rappelling down the tallest building in Fort Smith to raise money for cancer patients. Scheurer raised more than $3,000 through her participation in the annual Over the Edge fundraising event, which benefits the Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, by rappelling 130 feet down the Arvest Bank Tower.
- Vipar Heavy Duty, an independent aftermarket truck parts distributor, fulfilled the 2018 holiday wish lists of more than 30 children "adopted" by Vipar staff members through the Boys and Girls Club of Rockford, Ill. In addition to supporting the Boys and Girls Club, the company contributed food, party supplies, and decorations to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry to help food-bank patrons treat their children to a birthday celebration.
- In the last quarter of 2018, associates of freight transportation company Averitt Express logged more than 4,100 hours of community service as part of Averitt's annual "40 for 40 Community Challenge." All together, associates from 87 facilities across Averitt's system donated their time to clothing, food, toy, and blood drives. This annual event began in 2011 as a way to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary. Each year since, each facility across its network has been encouraged to donate 40 hours of service to various charitable causes between October and December.
- Fremont, Calif.-based third-party logistics company RK Logistics Group has once again teamed up with Fremont's Community Services Department to provide summer recreation scholarships for low-income children. The company's $1,450 charitable contribution will support scholarships for up to 18 low-income children living within the city of Fremont.
- Raymond Handling Concepts Corp., a material handling equipment supplier in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, has announced that J&K Trucking and Prism Logistics were the winning bidders in its fifth annual Pink Pallet Jack Project online auction. This year's event raised $9,470 through the pallet jack sales and a $1,000 donation from Cascade, with the proceeds shared between the Tina Fund in Greene, N.Y., and Hers Breast Cancer Foundation in Fremont, Calif.
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