For many, the holiday season is a time for exchanging gifts, fond reminiscing, and enjoying the company of family and friends. It is also a wonderful opportunity to become involved in service projects and charity drives, and provide those who are less fortunate the opportunity to truly enjoy the holidays.
TCIA is proud to say that there are many tree care companies who have taken this lesson to heart, and as such have made a profound difference in their communities. Here are just a few companies that have engaged in philanthropy this year:
Bandit Industries chose to give back by donating food to needy members of their community. With the help of Bandit volunteers, pictured to the right, they were able to collect boxes of food to send to impoverished families in the Mid-Michigan area.
“We here at Bandit are proud to be doing our part to help make sure some less fortunate Mid-Michigan families have a happy holiday season,” Bandit Industries posted to Facebook. “These items, along with a whole lot more, will be given away as part of the United Way’s Adopt-A-Family program.”
Thanks to all the great Bandit employees who donated to this cause, and the volunteers who made it happen!
Modern Group, Ltd.
Last month, former marine and I & E Specialties Tree Care owner Israel Showvaker lost all of his tree care equipment to thieves. After his truck was vandalized, Showvaker was left unable to conduct business, making it incredibly difficult to provide for his young family.
In response, TCIA offered Showvaker free TCIA membership and a TCI EXPO pass. More importantly, however we alerted the tree care community as to Showvaker’s plight and urged others to help. Many companies responded with sympathy, kind words, and supplies. One such company was Modern Group, Ltd. They sent Showvaker a shipment of vital supplies, including a bull rope, pulley, sling, lowering device, and more.
“We know it can’t fully make amends for the ordeal the Showvakers went through,” Modern Group commented on TCIA’s Facebook page. “But as members of the arborist community, we all have a responsibility to make sure they don’t have to face it alone.”
Modern Group also stated that any TCIA member who donates surplus supplies to help Israel Showvaker at I & E Specialties Tree Care can purchase new stock from Modern Group Ltd at their landed cost. “As a Wespur distributor, and a member of this community, we want to ensure help arrives as quickly as possible to someone in need,” Modern Group said.
Mountain High Tree, Lawn & Landscape
The Denver, Colorado-based Mountain High Tree was very active this year, having engaged in several philanthropic endeavors. They provided support for the Community Forester Program, which empowers individuals to lead tree planting and care activities within the community, and helped out the Denver East High School Project, where they donated mulch and pruning services.
Mountain High Tree didn’t stop there! They also helped design a garden for special needs students at Fletcher Miller School – for which the students were immensely grateful.
The garden project includes a raised pumpkin patch with wheelchair accessible pathways, raised vegetable planters at varying heights, a sensory garden, and a memorial garden to honor the medically fragile students who are lost each year.
STIHL’s “Not So Silent Night”
Though not a charitable endeavor, STIHL’s “Not so Silent Night,” produced entirely with chain saws, is such an intriguing concept that we had to include it in this blog post!
“For many of us, there is no better feeling than the pull of a starter cord and hearing the rumble of an engine,” STIHL told TCIA. “This holiday season, while chain saw across the country are being used to fell and cut down pines, the mid-range, fuel-efficient STIHL MS 291 chain saw is caroling at the STIHL Inc. headquarters in Virginia Beach, to “Silent Night” none the less.”
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Has your tree care company given back to this community this year? Let us know in the comments!
Happy Holidays, everyone!