Sr. Director, Corporate Communications
Mannington's High Point Associates Feed the Need at Boys & Girls Club
SALEM, NJ, August 13, 2019—Everyone knows that kids love snacks, and usually all they need to do is take a quick walk into the kitchen to get one. But for kids in families with tight budgets, the occasional treat is often not within reach. That’s why associates at Mannington’s High Point site recently organized a snack collection drive to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater High Point, North Carolina.
“Our snack collection drive was designed to supplement the summer program at the Ward Street Boys and Girls Club which is around the corner from our wood flooring plant,” says Sharon McGregor, Mannington Mills Domestic & Imports Returns Coordinator/Safety Training Coordinator, High Point. “Although the Club’s after-school program provides snacks and dinner through a grant during the school year, snacks are not included in the summer program. Our contribution gives them a snack, in addition to the lunch that’s provided each day during the summer. And that’s when the need is greatest because the number of kids enrolled increases to about 100 per day.”
Mannington’s High Point team became aware of the Club’s need when McGregor, whose grandson participates in the Club, struck up a conversation with a Club mentor. “She informed me that not all, but some of the children are from low income families in the neighborhood. Some are also in the foster care system,” adds McGregor. “The food they receive at the Boys & Girls Club may be the only source of nourishment they get that day.”
Over the course of several days, Mannington associates donated enough individually wrapped snacks to cover not only the Club’s summer program but part of the school year program, too.
Representatives from the Boys & Girls Club of High Point arrive at Mannington for the company’s snack collection drive hand-off.
Photo credit: Boys & Girls Club of High Point
At the collection drive’s conclusion, Club representatives gathered at Mannington’s High Point site for the snack stash hand-off. The kids were treated to a plant tour and safety lesson, and received Mannington backpacks.
“As a company, we have a social responsibility to be a positive influence in our community,” says McGregor, who organized the snack collection drive. “When children are in need, we must not turn a blind eye. We need to be good stewards of our gifts, whether financial or in-kind, so that we teach the next generation -by example- to be a generation of doers and givers, too.”
For over 150 years, the Boys & Girls Club of America has served as a safe haven with caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs for kids, ages 6-18. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyle. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve nearly four million young people in the U.S. and on U.S. military installations worldwide. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54% said the Club saved their lives.
Mannington supports a number of charitable programs across the U.S., focusing on communities where it has operations. For more information, visit mannington.com
About Mannington Mills
One of the world's leading manufacturers of fine flooring, Mannington Mills, Inc., is based in Salem, New Jersey (USA). The company manufactures residential and commercial sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl, laminate, resilient and hardwood floors; as well as commercial carpet and rubber under the Mannington Residential, Mannington Commercial, Amtico and Burke brands. Founded in 1915 by John Boston Campbell, the company is still privately held and owned by the Campbell family. Now in its second century of doing business in the USA, Mannington Mills remains committed to quality, customer satisfaction and innovative manufacturing with award-winning product design, state-of-the-art processes and industry-leading programs. mannington.com
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