Ameritex Movers Shows Its Holiday Spirit with Cardboard Christmas Tree and Toy Drive

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Moving company donates toys in lieu of White Elephant gift exchange

8-foot tall cardboard Christmas tree at Ameritex Movers. Underneath sit toy donations for Mahanay Elementary School

The Ameritex Movers Cardboard Christmas Tree is 8 feet tall and made of packing paper and other moving supplies. Underneath the tree are toys that were donated to a local elementary school.

We have had our business for the past 17 years and are very involved in our community, but this was one of the most incredible moments I’ve experienced during the time we’ve owned our company.

Ameritex Movers brings the holiday spirit this year with an untraditional Christmas tree and the mindset of giving back to the community. The Houston-based moving company created a one-of-a-kind Cardboard Christmas Tree with supplies they use to move customers every day. They also decided to take an out of the box approach with transforming their traditional holiday gift swap into a toy drive for the students at Alief Independent School District’s Mahanay Elementary.

The Cardboard Christmas Tree was made out of 1,000 sq. ft. of packing paper and stands 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. The tree is the latest addition to Ameritex’s collection of cardboard creations. Past designs have included fashionable cardboard couture clothing wear and a cardboard replica of the city of Houston including the GRB, Discovery Green, and the Houston Astros Logo. The tree can be found at the Ameritex Movers headquarters in SW Houston, and all are welcome to come see it.

One team member wished to have a Cardboard Christmas Tree in the office for the holidays, which sparked the team to work like Santa’s little helpers for over a week-and-a-half to make the Christmas wish a reality. The team built a wooden frame and used corrugated paper to create the six panels to form the base. Then, they created a large format flower applique from paper pads used for protecting furniture while moving, and then glued each flower to the corrugated cardboard base. Woven within the tree are strings of 2,200 white lights. Packing peanuts cover the ground as snow and hang from fishing wire to dust the top of the tree like snowflakes.

Underneath the tree were more than 100 gifts for students at Mahanay Elementary School. The moving company typically celebrates the holidays with a company-wide White Elephant gift swap, but Ameritex decided to do something different this year. Instead of the game, they hosted the Box of Love Toy Drive. The team brought a new unwrapped toy to work, which was then delivered to Mahanay Elementary when school let out later that afternoon, leaving the kiddos with an unforgettable holiday suprise.

“We have had our business for the past 17 years and are very involved in our community, but this was one of the most incredible moments I’ve experienced during the time we’ve owned our company. We will make it a new company tradition,” said Ameritex Movers co-owner Beth Rohani.

“We cannot thank you enough for the kindness you shared with our students. There didn’t seem to be a dry adult eye,” a Mahanay spokesperson posted on their Facebook page.

This is not Ameritex’s first collaboration with an Alief ISD school. This summer, Ameritex hosted a BoxBot contest with middle school students in the Alief ISD after school program. The students transformed moving supplies into robots, with the best designs competing for prizes.

Ameritex is known for its “Think Outside the Box” philosophy and finding creative ways to recycle and repurpose moving supplies while inspiring local children. Please contact the Ameritex team for any community partnership opportunities.

ABOUT AMERITEX

Ameritex Movers has helped Houston residents make moves throughout the Greater Houston area since 2001. Owned and operated by husband and wife Nima and Beth Rohani, Ameritex provides home, apartment, and office moves, and offers packing, loading, and moving services. For more information, visit their website at ameritexhouston.com.

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