A Company that Cares
Every year, around the Holidays, Mark-Maker Employees and Management take time out to help those in the surrounding neighborhoods. They do this by various ways.
At Thanksgiving Time, a Food Drive is held where canned and dry goods are collected and then donated to a local Food Bank.
At Christmas Time, 2 Families are “adopted”. These Families are recommended by D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s Agency. A Christmas Tree is set up and decorated collection boxes are set out. Each member of the adopted Family has a “Pull Tag” Gift Wish with the child’s name, age, clothing size, preferred color choice - or favorite “character” or “princess” is also noted to help the gifts be more personal for the receiver. Family needs are also addressed and listed on a separate pull tag.
The gifts show up under the Mark-Maker Company Christmas Tree before the Gift Drive is finished. Each is wrapped, with the receiver's name on it. Great care is given to make sure each recipient receives the same amount of gifts as his or her sibling. When the big gift boxes are delivered to DABSJ, the volunteers that deliver them, report that the staff there are always excited and impressed with the generosity of Mark-Maker.
D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s is an agency that works in partnership with the community for the good of all children. They are local, non-profit and accredited. They provide comprehensive services to children and families, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, foster care, adoption, and family support, as well as, residential treatment and emergency shelter care.
Another on-going tradition that started in 2002 is collecting “change” for the Santa Claus Girls, a Kent County Charity, sponsored by the Grand Rapids Press. It has been the goal of the Santa Claus Girls to see that no child in Kent County is without a gift on Christmas morning. The SC girls take care of children 1 year to 12 years of age. Each child is provided with one new piece of clothing, one new toy, a new book and hats and mittens. The total value of the gift is about $25.00.
Mark-Maker has a “Bucket” you can toss your spare change or pennies into. Next to that is a tempting box of various candies you can also buy with your spare change. How much does a little spare change add up to? The 1st year of the Penny Drive, Mark-Maker donated $50.00 Add time plus momentum, in 2015, Mark-Maker reached it’s highest donation to date of $1,205.00. Total donation to date is $6,354.53. That’s a LOT of Happy local Children.
It’s Great to be a part of a Team that looks beyond itself, and even though we may be classified as a “small” company, we make a difference in BIG WAYS!
by: CDeL, contributing writer 2017