January 3, 2011
Giving Back to Those in Need
During the Thanksgiving holiday the Outsell Caring Committee organized our First Annual Outsell Food Drive. Those efforts were an enormous success for us as a team as well as for the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf that we were proud to work with for our donations. Our first blog post on Holiday Charity Drives and the Food Drive results can be found here.
For the Christmas Holiday the Caring Committee continued that commitment with contributions to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation.
The Toys for Tots Foundation asks for donations of new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year to be delivered at Christmas to needy children in surrounding communities. Please check out the website and read more about the Marine Toys for Tots program here in Minneapolis.
Given our digital background, the Caring Committee gave Outsell employees the mission of logging onto Target.com under the company name and each purchasing up to $40 dollars of age-appropriate toys. Our purchases were delivered well within the Toys for Tots deadline and picked up by Marine Corps officers before the holidays.
For more pictures of the event, as well as pictures from the Thanksgiving Food Drive, please check out our Facebook Fanpage.
The Outsell Caring Committee and employees have helped us exceed individual and group giving for the Food Drive, Toys for Tots, and many other charitable organizations and endeavors this year. Outsell also donated $5000 to the United Way in honor of Bart Greenwood, a beloved member of the Outsell family who was lost in 2009 and who had always been strongly dedicated to giving back to the community, a tradition Outsell is proud to continue.
As Outsell employees headed out of the office the night before Christmas Eve, President and CEO Mike Wethington passed on a message that we could all keep in our hearts for the holidays and the coming year:
“This Christmas morning I would ask each of you to remember those times when you were a child and how you felt when you received a present that you didn’t expect to receive. Then think about all of the children that we impacted this Christmas Day when they open one of the presents from the mountain of gifts we all gave this year. Can’t you just see the smiles?”
Thank you again to the Caring Committee and the many organizations we had the pleasure of working with in 2010 and that we look forward to working with again in 2011. You can read more about all of the charitable organizations Outsell is involved with at the Caring Committee webpage.
December 2, 2010
Giving Back to Those in Need
In honor of the recent Thanksgiving holiday, the Outsell Caring Committee organized the First Annual Outsell Food Drive. Between November 11th and 23rd Outsell employees donated 1113 pounds of food for the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf (JUFS) and Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA), along with high demand items like cleaning supplies, detergent, bathroom supplies, and personal hygiene products.
Each person & family in need receives 3 days worth of food (approximately 15 pounds) and two household items. The amount donated by Outsell will supply 70 people with 15 pounds each.
“This year it is more important than ever to reach out to people in need, and since we have all been so blessed here, we want to share what we have with people who would otherwise go without during this holiday season.”
The company was split into teams to add some competition to the project, providing all groups with additional donations for their specific represented charitable organization.
The winning team, headed by Jon Petron, earned $1000 for the Feed My Starving Children organization, with Outsell’s other charitable organizations each receiving $500. You can see all of the organizations Outsell supports on the Outsell Caring Committee page on our website.
A big thank you to all who participated in this first of hopefully many food drives, and a thank you to the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf and Southern Anoka Community Assistance for giving us the opportunity to give back this holiday season.
Another fantastic fund-raiser is coming up for the Christmas holiday season, so stay tuned.