Though our stomachs are full, Santa has come and presents have been opened, the time for holiday giving continues through the New Year. Many companies in the AGRR industry make the effort to give back whether by supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities, collecting canned food for food banks, supporting local sports teams and more.
“For the holidays, Glass Doctor and Dwyer Group, Glass Doctor’s parent company, are very active with Ronald McDonald House Charities,” says Mark Liston, president of Glass Doctor. “They’ve been a favorite charity of ours for some time.”
For thanksgiving, the Dwyer Group team delivered about 50 meals throughout Waco, Texas, where the company is based, he adds. The company also raised almost $14,500 and canned food for Caritas, a Waco-based charity.
Whether in big ways or small, automotive glass company owners and technicians find ways to help. Some in the AGRR industry shared their thoughts via the glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR™ magazine forum here.
“We support very local within our community and surrounding area all year long,” writes one poster representing a small mom and pop glass shop. “From school programs to Chamber of Commerce events to supporting all the local parades in summer, we try to give back. We just recently participated in our community’s Parade of Lights. Our glass business is always visible within our community.
“It does get time consuming and a bit costly. Over the last few years we have to be very selective as the profit levels have steadily been driven down by networks and insurance companies, but staying active in our community keeps us number one in our customers’ hearts and minds,” the poster continues.
Another poster writes,” [Giving to charities] is the right thing to do. You make your money off the local population so you should give back. Our company/boss donates a fair share back to the community all year round. However, they are all anonymous gifts (cashiers’ checks). I once questioned why it was done this way and was told ‘When you give, give unconditionally. Do not expect something in return.”
Adopting a family and supporting them through the holidays is another form of support.
“We adopt a family each year,” writes a poster. “We are also a mom and pop shop, but we do our best to help.”