Rockton, IL (Vocus/PRWEB) January 13, 2011
Illinois-based online shopping business FatWallet donated $23,300 to local not-for-profits as a result of a team-building charity initiative during the 2010 holiday season. From a pool of employee-supported charities, CEO Tim Storm drew Rock River Valley Pantry to receive the bulk donation of $9,800. An additional $2,500 was distributed amongst 13 additional local not-for-profits as part of the same initiative.
FatWallet employees were also encouraged to participate in food drives to further aid the food pantry’s efforts in the region. “FatWallet’s effort has brought awareness to the issue of hunger that exists in our community and has helped feed people who would otherwise go hungry,” states Kim Adams-Bakke, Executive Director of Rock River Valley Pantry.
In a surprise addition, CEO Tim Storm announced to employees that FatWallet would also donate $10,000 to employee favorite, Chemo Cargo. Founded by FatWallet’s H.R. Director, April Kunzelman, as a result of her personal experience with chemotherapy in 2010, Chemo Cargo is a volunteer-based not-for-profit that provides first time chemotherapy patients with a portable package of personal care and comfort items.
“When you are overwhelmed by your diagnosis and what is happening to you physically, emotionally and financially, small things like what to take to the hospital with you for your comfort during treatment is the last thing on your mind,” states Kunzelman. “Filling tote bags with some comfort items, along with practical items that you might not necessarily think of offhand can be a welcomed blessing to those stressed by the unknown of that first day.”
About FatWallet: FatWallet is an online shopping web site that provides consumers with coupons, deals and cash back rewards to help them save money. The FatWallet forums represent the pulse of an evolving online marketplace where smart consumers gather to share and learn. FatWallet and the FatWallet charitable Foundation actively support the communities in which their employees reside with generous yearly contributions to numerous local organizations and sponsorships.
About Rock River Valley Pantry: Northern Illinois’ largest food pantry, Rock River Valley Pantry is a community-based organization founded in 1974. We are citizens who understand there is hunger in our community. We are citizens, like you, who can't accept that people and families in the Rockford, Illinois area go to bed hungry. Every year, the Rock River Valley Pantry collects and inspects, sorts and bags food to provide nearly 375,000 balanced meals. To make a donation or to find out more about Rock River Valley Pantry, please contact Kim Adams-Bakke at 815-965-2466.
About Chemo Cargo: Chemo Cargo is a volunteer-based not-for-profit that provides first-time chemotherapy patients with a portable package of personal care and comfort items. This free tote program sustains dignity, provides comfort, and relieves anxiety, allowing patients to make the most of their treatment. Totes are distributed throughout the Northern Illinois region. To volunteer, make a donation or find out more about Chemo Cargo, please visit ChemoCargo.org.