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Keeping kids warm project is an admirable effort

December 8, 2009

Brrr. It's cold out there.

As we experience our first big winter storm it's hard not to think of the little children who will wake up exclaiming "It's snowing!" and run for their coats, snowpants, boots and gloves. They will dash out the door and into the winter wonderland for as much adventure as they can find.

But even if it's not as magical as the first big snow storm, children brave the cold each day during recess.

It's a heartbreaking reality that there are children in this community that don't have the winter necessities that all children need and deserve.

JBS and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1149 are partnering up to correct this problem.

"We understand from the schools that there are children who cannot go onto the playground because they don't have the necessities to keep them warm ..." said JBS' Human Resources Director Tony Harris. "That means the children are not coming to school wearing what they need."

In the company's contract with UFCW, money is provided for its Multicultural Program which allows the Local to participate in how funds are spent within the community. Poulan Pro snow blowers and three Panasonic 42-inch plasma televisions were purchased and are being raffled off to JBS employees throughout the month of December.

All proceeds will be donated to help six area elementary schools.

JBS and the UFCW are giving a wonderful gift to the children in the community. Helping these kids have the winter wearables needed to enjoy something as commonplace as recess is truly a charitable act. We commend this effort as well as the many groups and organizations that are joining to help the less fortunate during this holiday season.



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