During the month of April each year, IEC employees are encouraged to make contributions in the form of canned food and new or lightly-used clothing. The employees are challenged to give a little more each year, so the drive can be more successful and touch more lives in our Stanislaus County community.
According to Industrial Electrical Company's V.P. Michelle Howell, participating in the Modesto Gospel Mission Food & Clothing Drive is an annual tradition for all the IEC employees. Last year, the company's 7 departments donated a total of 7 barrels of clothing and 4 barrels of canned food. Over 65% of IEC employees participated in the program last year.
"I feel blessed to work with people that are willing to reach out to our neighbors who are less fortunate", said Michelle.
Last year, the Modesto Gospel Mission averaged over 9,000 meals served per month, and served over 12,000 meals during December. Also in 2010, the "Nights of Safe Shelter" provided by the Mission numbered over 3,700 per month, with over 4,300 in December.
"I brought in 5 bags of clothing and shoes. I was glad to donate to the needy, and appreciate the efforts of IEC for doing this for our community." said Annette Ingram, IEC employee. "I’m glad I can help out some families in need out there."
"Although my family donates shoeboxes to the Modesto Gospel Mission at Christmas time for their World Mission, we often forget that there are local people in need 365 days a year, not just at Christmas. Giving from the heart makes the biggest impact in our own community.", said IEC employee Laurie Byer.
Since 1948 the Modesto Gospel Mission has provided nutritious meals, warm beds, and a place of safety for thousands of poor and homeless men, women, boys and girls. Founded by Mr. John Haine, the Mission's staff remain committed to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and meeting the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of every man, woman, boy and girl who comes to the Mission for help and hope.
"Stanislaus County is just a giving community, and that's all there is to it.", stated Barbara Deatherage, who with her husband Vern runs the Modesto Gospel Mission.
Prior to the Industrial Electrical Company's Annual Modesto Gospel Mission Food & Clothing Drive, cash donations were raised by IEC employees. In 2007, $2,544.22 was raised and donated to the Mission.
For more information about the Modesto Gospel Mission, visit: http://www.homelessmission.org/
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