St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) April 19, 2012
Many children in Missouri attend school each day without adequate supplies, clothing or nourishment. For the second consecutive year, employees of The Doe Run Company’s Buick Resource Recycling Division (BRRD) are assisting children by donating more than $4,000 to various programs in five Southeast Missouri communities.
Commonly called “backpack programs,” these programs provide much needed school supplies, clothing or food, sent home in students’ backpacks, to help provide assistance to families in need. BRRD will present five local schools with individual checks for $817.20 to support their efforts. School recipients include Salem Upper Elementary, Lesterville Elementary, Bunker Elementary, Viburnum Elementary and Steelville Elementary. BRRD employees donated similar amounts to each school’s backpack program in 2011.
“Our staff works together to ensure that those students with the greatest need receive a weekly bag of food and toiletries,” said Melanie Wisdom, principal at Salem Upper Elementary School. “Donations like this help us provide basic necessities for these children to relieve some of the pressure their families face.”
BRRD employees raised money for the program by creating themed gift baskets, which they auctioned off during a staff celebration. Basket themes ranged from children’s apparel and movie night-themed baskets to sports and recreation-themed baskets. Proceeds raised from the auction were donated directly to local schools.
“We see this as an opportunity to make a positive impact for families in our community,” explained David Major, maintenance planner at BRRD and the committee chairperson for the fundraiser. “We live in these communities and many of our children attend these schools, so it’s comforting to know that our contributions are helping to provide students with supplies needed to be successful in school.”
The rise in poverty has affected many children in Missouri in recent years, and the Children’s Defense Fund shows that nearly 21 percent of all Missouri children were living in poverty in 2011. According to the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the percentage of children in poverty in Missouri (those with an income below $21,756 for a family of two adults and two children) has risen by 31 percent from 2000 to 2009. Backpack programs and other school and government initiatives help to meet children’s essential needs by providing items such as food, hygiene items, blankets, coats and clothing to families.
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://sustainability.doerun.com.
Editor’s Note: Photos of the check presentations available upon request.