Company challenges other large businesses to do the same
By Pat Payton
Cascades Canada Inc. hopes it will be a trend-setter!
This past week, the James Street South company announced that it has donated $5,000 to the Salvation Army Food Bank in St. Marys.
“We wanted to give back to the community, and we wanted to show our support for everybody who’s in need,” said Chelsey Stamegna, of Cascades human resources department. “We would like to take the opportunity to challenge other large businesses to do the same.”
Cascades plant manager Derek Hill echoed the same sentiments.
“Here at Cascades, we’re concerned and we care about our employees, our customers and society in general,” Hill said in a prepared statement. “We’re an essential service; we supply food, beverage, pharmaceutical and sanitation companies.
“We have a lot of people in our society currently in need. Some members of families are working and some are not. That’s why we decided to donate.”
Cascades also gave $100 gift certificates to all of their 164 employees in St. Marys.
“If our employees recognize someone who they can help, they can donate their cards and that’s what a lot of us have done already,” Hill noted. “We know people who need help right now.
“All of our employees have them, and they can use them themselves or donate them to someone in need. We’re all very concerned in these times. It’s not normal times and we’re here to help.”
Good community company
Salvation Army major William Stanger said he appreciated Cascades’ generous donation very much.
“It’s encouraging,” Stanger told the Independent. “Cascades have supported us in the past as well, but this is over and beyond. They are a good community company. They donate every year and also help us at Christmas time with cardboard boxes so we can pack our hampers.”
Since a story ran in the newspaper recently, the major says the community has responded with several donations. “We have had both money and food donated,” he said. “Some of the Service groups, small businesses and individuals have come forward with donations; there has been a really good response.”
Stanger says the food bank is still short of the following non-perishable food items: rice, fruit juices, canned fruit and crackers.
“We also had a donation from Shur Gain (Trouw Nutrition); they dropped off two large pallets of pet food,” the major noted. “It’s for both dogs and cats. Some people don’t think to ask because we don’t often have pet food. If people are hungry, their pets are probably going to be hungry as well.”
Those wishing to donate
For individuals and businesses wishing to make a financial donation, cheques can be made out to: The Salvation Army and placed in a locked mailbox at their upstairs (formerly church) doors. Or mailed to: PO Box 29, St. Marys, Ont. N4X 1A9.
For credit card donations: go on salvationist.ca. Choose Donate at the top of the screen, then on a pull-down menu Ontario, then choose St. Marys Community and Family Services and donate via credit card.
For people who are wanting to donate food and hygiene supplies, beige donation bins have been placed at their upstairs (formerly church) doors where items can be placed.
For people who need to access the food bank, call 519-284-2760. All information is kept confidential.