TEAMSTERS DELIVER GOODWILL FOR CHILDREN
South Charleston, WV - Teamsters Local 175 in South Charleston has been very busy for the last few weeks. At their regular December union meeting members and retirees joined together to raise more than $15,000.00 in toys, food, and donations for the Childrens Home Society. The Teamsters have helped provide for children and families for over 10 years. The Childrens Home Society provides emergency youth shelters, foster care and adoption, and mentoring and volunteer programs. Last year, due to the Teamsters help, the CHS was able to help 428 needy children and famiies. This year the Teamsters increased their contributions 50% from last years record setting total.
Scott Foley, regional director of the CHS remarked, " If it were not for the good hearts and generosity of the Teamsters, we could never help as many families as we do. Words cannot describe the appreciation that we, as well as our children and families, have for all the Teamster members." After the union meeting on Saturday morning, members and retirees shopped for toys and food. These items will be delivered on Monday morning at 9:30am to the Childrens Home Society's Davis Child Center in Charleston.
Ken Hall, president of Local 175 and secretary-treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, stated "I am incredibly proud of our members and retirees. Our members feel that through their contracts they have a better standard of living than most and our retirees realize they have good pensions and this is their opportunity to give back. Our Teamster children and grandchildren also participate and there is no greater lesson than for them to understand the importance of giving to those who are less fortunate. "
The Teamsters contribute to other charities, with the most recent being their participation in the Alzheimer's Walk in October.