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’Tis the Season that Moves the Weleski Movers

As Weleski movers and our families welcome this “most wonderful time of the year,” we can’t help but think about those in our community who are struggling: the dad who’s company is downsizing; the family that’s behind on rent when the car engine goes out; the family torn by domestic violence. How will they experience the joy and peace of Christmas? Our movers help share the holiday spirit by volunteering for local charities. Two of our programs this holiday season are Angel Tree & Adopt a Family.

Angel TreeWeleski mover volunteering for Angel Tree

One way we help is through Angel Tree, a project of the Saint Anthony Guild at Mount Saint Peter Parish in New Kensington. Andrea Scalise, a Weleski employee and the guild president, explains that families who qualify for assistance write down their children’s clothing sizes and wishes for toys. With donations from parishioners, guild members purchase the items. On the Monday after Thanksgiving, the local K-Mart extends a special discount to the guild and allows its members to shop before the store opens to the public. Weleski Transfer provides a truck and movers to transport the many items to Mount St. Peter Church for distribution to the families. This year,  we handled quite a haul—enough clothing and gifts to delight 113 children. (Angel Tree also yielded groceries in the form of gift cards at Giant Eagle—helping set tables and stock pantries for 35 families.)

Adopt a Family

For the third year, employees at Weleski movers (including sister companies Weleski Truck Repair and Weleski Self Storage) are grateful participants in “Adopt a Family.” This project is administered by Alle-Kiski HOPE Center, a local non-profit that serves families affected by domestic violence. The center reaches out to those it has helped during the year and writes down things they could use. This year, we’ve adopted two families: one, a mother with two daughters and a son; the other, a mother with three sons. We posted their wish lists in our office and our employees are signing up to donate the requested items. For confidentiality, the center does not reveal the names of recipients; we label the gifts with numbers that indicate who gets to unwrap them.

Although we don’t see the faces of our beneficiaries, we can imagine what they look like. Just imagine your own joy of a Christmas past, the excitement you felt at receiving that longed-for gift. After all, every gift is an expression of love. What could be more fitting this time of year?

Holiday Charity Work

Taking Inventory Through Charity

The end of the year is a time when businesses usually take a physical inventory. But, at its core, business isn’t about things. It’s about people. So this time of year is also a good time to take a social inventory. What are we doing to help others? How are we making this world a better place?

I’m proud to say I work in an organization with a big heart. And it gets especially big around Christmas.

In early December, our office turned a moving van into a sleigh and hauled hundreds of new toys from Branding Brand, a company in Pittsburgh, to the Monroeville Mall. There we joined folks from throughout our community, working shoulder to shoulder in the annual “Stuff-A-Bus.” Orchestrated by 96.1 KISS FM, the five-day event collected 45 busloads (packed floor to ceiling) of new, unopened toys for the annual Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots. You can bet those toys are bringing smiles to lots of little faces. And feelings of thankfulness to their struggling parents.

Stuff A Bus Event - 96.1 Kiss FM - Toys For Tots    Toys for Tots Stuff a Bus Event    Stuff a Bus Event - Packing Toys in Moving Truck    Packing Toys for Tots Donations in Moving Truck

 

Employees at our Cleveland, Ohio branch, also supported the Toys for Tots in their community. They collected 1,400 toys and cash donations of $44,000. When they later delivered some of those toys, along with gifts from the Old Stone Church, to the Family Promise Christmas Party, the Weleski crew dressed in costumes to make their “presence” as much fun as possible for the 64 homeless kids who received the toys.

Toys for Tots 2014 Cleveland Browns Game    Toys for Tots 2014 Cleveland Browns Game - Military

 

Each year, Weleski employees give a portion of their regular earnings to the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. The withholdings are strictly voluntary, and we have close to 100 percent participation. We’re proud that our employees are so willing to give!

Angel Tree Charity
We were pleased to volunteer our service to the Ladies Guild of Mount Saint Peter Church in New Kensington in December. Their Angel Tree is a community outreach that raises money to purchase Christmas gifts for families in need. When they had no way to get the gifts delivered for wrapping and distribution, a special angel intervened. Weleski employee Andrea Scalise asked for our company’s help, so Weleski stepped up with a truck and crew to make sure 49 local families would have gifts under their trees. Weleski associates Bill Redalin and Mike Harbison played the roles of Santa and helper.

 

 

Adopt a Family Charity Work
It’s especially gratifying when you can take part in the giving personally, as our office did for the Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center serving victims of domestic violence. We adopted two families, taking their wish lists to the store and buying the things they said they needed. Everyone in our Pittsburgh office got involved—we made sure those two families would not be wanting this Christmas. In the photo to the right you can see some of our folks who took part. When I look at their faces, I’m reminded that it truly is better to give than to receive!

 

Donate Your Food Items to Feed the Hungry

Some problems are simply too urgent to ignore.

A flat tire on the freeway. A smoke alarm sounding at 3 am. Or a bee sting on your bare foot. We’re all familiar with these kinds of problems. We know what to do when they happen.

There’s another problem—a really big problem—most of us never have to worry with. But it affects many of our neighbors, every day. The problem is food, or, rather, the lack of food.

Did you know that more than 314,000 people in the Pittsburgh area don’t make enough money to afford the food their families need? Twenty-eight percent of those who are going hungry are children. And with the shortage of good-paying jobs, these numbers are only getting more dismal.

Move For Hunger - Tarentum, PA

That’s why I am proud to say Weleski Transfer has signed on as a partner in Move for Hunger. It’s a simple concept—when we pack or load your move, we give you the option to donate your food items to feed the hungry. We put the items in separate boxes and tag them with a special sticker. We take them back to our warehouse and, once a week, we take everything we’ve collected to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

So, if you move with us, and you’d like to do something in the fight against hunger, just set aside shelf-stable pantry items you wish to give—canned goods, boxes of pasta, bags of rice—anything non-perishable and unopened. We’ll take it from there. You’ll get a good feeling knowing you helped put food on the plates of hungry families here in the community.

By the way, over 100 of our fellow Atlas agents have joined their efforts to Move for Hunger, doing the very same thing we are doing. Last year, our collective Atlas family filled about 116,000 plates of food for hungry families all across the country. I think that’s pretty cool!