St. Louis (PRWEB) March 3, 2011
For children in need, a backpack full of supplies can make a difference at home and with classroom performance. Employees of The Doe Run Company’s Buick Resource Recycling Division (BRRD) are helping to make that difference in five Southeast Missouri communities by donating more than $4,000 to various “backpack” programs.
This month, BRRD is presenting five local schools with individual checks for $840 to benefit students in grades K-6 who have special economic needs. School recipients in Missouri included Salem Upper and Lower Elementary, Lesterville Elementary, Bunker Elementary, Viburnum Elementary and Steelville Elementary.
“Sometimes families in our community have extenuating circumstances that make everyday purchases, including food, difficult,” said Melanie Wisdom, principal at Salem Upper Elementary School. “Donations like this enable us to help students and their families.”
The Doe Run donation was raised by BRRD employees, who created themed gift baskets full of purchased or donated items. The baskets were then auctioned off during the division holiday party. Basket themes ranged from sports tickets and golf-themed baskets to cooking- or spa-themed baskets. One basket contained $800 worth of gift cards donated by employees who earned them for achieving safety milestones.
“This fundraiser is a bonding experience for our internal team, and it also fulfills Doe Run’s commitment to making a positive impact in the community. We chose to support various schools’ backpack programs because we see a growing need to provide even the most basic essentials to families in our communities,” explained David Major, maintenance planner at BRRD and the committee chairperson for the fundraiser. “This is truly a communitywide program as local churches, service groups and volunteers help sort and pack the donated items weekly so they can be sent home discreetly to families at the end of the week.”
In Dent County Schools alone, the program has grown more than tenfold in one year from serving 10 families a week in 2009 to 119 families today. Backpack programs vary based on needs and may provide essential food and hygiene items, blankets, coats and clothing.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiary deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com.