Each year the Salvation Army goes above and beyond to provide for those in the community. When neighbors, friends or family members are in need, the Salvation Army is known for lending a helping hand. That’s why, when Progressive Auto Group and its employees want to give back to the community, the Salvation Army is a top organization on the list.
For 2012, employees of Progressive Auto Group have found multiple ways to support the local, Massillon Salvation Army. Donations were made in the form of time, money and vehicles, and were donated from Progressive Auto Group’s dealerships, owners and employees.
New Facility 5 Year Commitment
On behalf of the dealership, Dan Sanders contributes $20,000 per year to the new Salvation Army facility located on 6th Street Northeast in Massillon Ohio. This five year commitment lasts through 2013.
A sound commonly associated with the holiday season is the ringing of bells at Salvation Army kettle locations. According to Major Thomas Perks “…the logistics of being at each of the kettles as shifts change 3 to 5 times a day at different locations creates a significant challenge.” With this being said, Progressive Auto Group donates the use of a van each year to help transport kettle workers to their locations all throughout Stark County. This 6 week van donation lasts from mid-November through the end of the season in December. Because of these efforts, “Happy Families sleep in warm homes, with full bellies and clothes for the days ahead.”
Pick Up For Classroom Jugs
Each year Greg Smith, of Progressive Auto Group, spends a day providing transportation for the Salvation Army. On this day, he and Major Perks stop at each of the schools in the Massillon and Tuslaw School Districts to collect jugs filled with donations made by students. The total donations for 2012, collected from both school districts, were $859.54. Use of the truck, as well as transportation costs are provided by Progressive Auto Group. Check out the video on YouTube at <iframe width="560" height="315"
Employee Civic Fund
As part of the Employee Civic Fund, employees decide how they want their funds disbursed (http://info.progressiveautogroup.com/
Major Thomas Perks of the Salvation Army writes:
“November 16, 2012
Dear Sponsors of the Employee Civic Fund,
On behalf of the Salvation Army and the thousands of people who turn to us for help, I wish to express our deepest appreciation for your generous gift of $5,000.00. Each day we make hundreds of choices, everything from what we eat and wear, where we go how we get there, this is life and so much of it is automated as we go day to day. How wonderful when someone looks up from their life and looks around at others. In your kindness, you not only looked at those around you but seeing those who are struggling you have chosen to make a difference.
This holiday season, we will touch over 1,500 people with warm clothes, heat assistance, food, prepared meals, coats, mittens, hats and of course toys. Bundling these all together it becomes Hope. Although you may not know the names of the people or where they live, how many children are in the home or what their circumstances are, when you see a happy family walking down the street, pass by a house after dark and the lights are on or see children playing outside with toys, we trust you will be filled with warmth and peace knowing that your kindness has made these things possible.
As you have cared so much as to help so many, we pray that God will bless all of you and your families this holiday season and throughout the New Year.
Major Thomas Perks”