Across Parker this past holiday season, team members celebrated by giving back to their local communities. This series of community outreach stories from around the world feature our teams reaching out to help others throughout the year, and especially during the holidays.
In Otsego, Michigan, Parker’s Hydraulic Pump and Power Systems team members adopted a family of seven, including five children, to help fulfill their holiday wish list. Team members were asked to donate what they could, and their generosity ensured that every item could be checked off the family’s list. The facility’s PRIDE team, which champions community service efforts, helped organize the drive and wrapped all the gifts before delivering them to a local food pantry that had organized the giving campaign.
Parker Chomerics Optical Business Unit in Millville, New Jersey, continued its decade-long tradition of walking in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event for the American Cancer Society. This year, the eleven Parker team members participated, collecting donations from friends and family. With matching funds from the Parker Foundation, the team contributed thousands of dollars to the campaign to help fund cancer research, patient support, and prevention information, as well as early detection and treatment programs.
The Fort Worth and Mansfield, Texas, locations of Parker’s Fluoropolymer Business Unit organized their second annual “Together We CAN” food drive benefiting the nearby Tarrant Area Food Bank this year. They collected more than 11,000 pounds (nearly 5,000 kg) of nonperishable goods to be distributed to families facing food insecurity in their communities. The team also volunteered at the Food Bank to help sort, pack and prepare the food for families in need.
Children entering the foster care system in the United States often bring only the clothes they are wearing to their foster home. This can be traumatic and disorienting as they adapt to new surroundings. PECOFacet, which joined Parker in 2017 as part of the CLARCOR acquisition, is committed to bringing holiday cheer each year to foster children in its community of Mineral Wells, Texas. Through Rainbow Room, a statewide initiative championed by former First Lady Laura Bush, Child Protective Services caseworkers can provide children with clothing, hygiene items, toys and gifts that have been donated by members of the community. PECOFacet team members have been partnering with their county’s Rainbow Room for many years to support local children. In 2018, the team donated gifts for about 100 children.
Article contributed by Erica Isabella, internal communications manager, Parker Hannifin.
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