Certified Payment Processing Employees Collect Food and Funds for Local Charity

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Certified Payment Processing (CPP) employees are spreading holiday cheer this year to those in need by partnering with a local food pantry. To add incentive for donations, those who give food or cash are allowed to dress casually during the week prior to Christmas.

This year, we made the decision to do something with a local focus. We want to make a difference in our neighborhood.

The employees at Certified Payment Processing (CPP) recently conducted a Holiday Food Drive designed to help local families have a better holiday. The company teamed with local charity Metrocrest Social Services and nearly 700 pounds of food were donated, along with more than $1,400.

“We usually have a fundraiser during the holidays,” say Kirk Mann, General Manager. “This year, we made the decision to do something with a local focus. We want to make a difference in our neighborhood. Metrocrest is based in our area, and they do amazing work throughout the year for the people of our community, so it was a great place to start.”

To reinforce the purpose of the Food Drive, employees were provided information about the important work of Metrocrest throughout the month of December. There were also regular messages about the rising problem of hunger in America, as well as statistics about hunger in Texas. According to the Metrocrest website, the charity serves an average of 130 families a week, distributing more than 25 pounds of food per person. In 2010, Metrocrest distributed more than 1,500 boxes of food to families in need during the holidays.

As an additional incentive to CPP employees, those participating were able to “earn” casual days during the week before Christmas. The items on the needed food list provided by Metrocrest were assigned point values, and one casual day could be earned for every five points worth of food brought in by an employee. In addition, a casual day was given for a five dollar donation. “It works out great for our team,” says Mann. “They enjoy dressing down a bit, so for twenty dollars or twenty points worth of food, they could be casual the entire week leading up to Christmas.”

Certified Payment Processing is a leading provider of electronic payment equipment for purchases made by debit and credit cards. All employees at CPP, along with the three sales divisions, TransTech Merchant Group, ISIS Direct and Summit Merchant Solutions, participated in this year’s holiday campaign. CPP employs more than 300 people in their headquarters building in Carrollton, Texas and more than 300 merchant sales consultants throughout the U.S..

“It’s heartbreaking to think that families don’t have enough food, especially during the holiday season,” says Mann. “We’re glad we could do something to make things a little better.

From the Metrocrest Social Services website: Metrocrest Social Services stands ready to help families through their emergencies and to plan for a more secure future. Through our assistance with rent, utility payments, food, clothing, medical prescriptions, and more, we truly prevent families from being homeless. Our Employment Program provides individuals with support for a successful work search in the form of resume assistance and individual job leads, gasoline vouchers and bus passes. In addition we have programs to assist families in successfully managing financially stressful seasons.

About Certified Payment Processing
Certified Payment Processing (CPP) is a full-service provider of electronic payment equipment for processing purchases made by debit and credit cards, as well as checks and online purchases, in addition to a range of other specialized merchant services. For nearly 20 years, CPP has helped businesses increase revenue while controlling costs. TransTech Merchant Group, ISIS Direct and Summit Merchant Solutions are the direct sales entities for Certified Payment Processing (CPP).


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