PTCers have a long history of extraordinary generosity. Our commitment to Fun Along the Way has often included sharing our success by giving money, products, volunteer hours and charitable outreach efforts to good causes in our communities. Each month we faithfully support Treat the Troops. Baking, payroll deductions for shipping, and donations of treats and supplies have allowed us to send over 8,000 dozen cookies to deployed troops around the world, and we are still going strong.
October Treat the Troops
We had a grest month for TREAT THE TROOPS with 18 large boxes being sent. Employees at Phoenix Textile had fun decorating mini pumpkins to include in the boxes with lots of Halloween candy. The imaginations for pumpkin decorating were awesome and so much fun. Thanks to everyone who took their time and applied their creativity for this very successful project!
Pedal the Cause
Pedal the Cause provides critical funding for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital through an annual cycling challenge and other races throughout the year. This month PTCer's are raising money for Pedal the Cause by purchasing toy turtles to race on Nov 2nd. It is the hope of Pedal the Cause that research funded by Pedal the Cause will ultimately lead to a cure for cancer and Phoenix employees are proud to help support their efforts.
Teddy Bear Turn Around!
All through the month of January PTCer's will be partnering with Harvest Ridge Elementary School and bringing in new or gently used teddy bears and stuffed animals. Stanley Steamer wil clean the gently used stuffed animals and they will then be distributed to various children's agencies.
Junior Optimists of O'Fallon
We are approaching Super Bowl time and the Junior Optimists of O'Fallon are sponsoring a canned food drive for a local area food pantry. Pheonix employees will be assisting them in this effort and collecting canned foods and non-persiable supplies through the Super Bowl.
The Franklin House
What a privilege it has been to help Nathan and Melissa Franklin! Nathan is the stepson of Diane Koester-Franklin of our Credit team. There was a great profile of this courageous young couple on the local news this week:
Our first project was to ‘build’ the Franklin’s a house here in our office with a 50/50 fundraiser. Each donation added a brick, window, roof tile., etc. In one day their house was complete! We presented Nathan and Melissa with a check for $1,233 to help with expenses for their new home. Then the Phoenix team started volunteering on the actual Habitat for Humanity site. Employees were paid by Phoenix for the workdays, and we had 16 willing and able PTCers volunteer over 3 days in September. All families are required to meet a certain number of ‘friends and family’ hours, and we were proud to be on Team Nathan.
There are so many benefits to businesses that support causes they care about. It allows us to spread the word about our values and intentions. When customers see the charitable impact of buying from a small business that supports the community, it creates differentiation from a more anonymous big brand that doesn’t have that same human connection. It also has an impact on candidates considering joining our team. Often I have heard from visitors to PTC that there is a different attitude here. PTCers care, and it shows.
I’m proud to be on a team that Lives Generously.
Linda Haberstroh, President