Veka West works to make a “Big” Difference in Northern Nevada

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Veka West, located in Stead, NV offers their employees paid days off work to support local coat, toy, food and blood drives. For the second consecutive year they are supporting the Big Reno Coat Drive.

It’s astounding! We are very fortunate, as we have a lot of wonderful employees with very big hearts!

In today’s tough economic times, people in the Reno Sparks community need some extra help. A company called Veka West which operates a manufacturing facility located in Stead, Nevada is making a difference in the lives of others. They have a program which supports four local charities. Veka employees have the opportunity to earn three "Veka Days" by participating in three out of four options. This year employees have the option to donate blood at the Nevada Blood Bank, donate a coat to the Big Reno Coat Drive, bring in toys for the Marines Toys of Tots program, or donate canned food items to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. This holiday season Veka employees have filled numerous barrels with food, coats and toys and they are still collecting.

Lori Miller, HR Manager at Veka West explains “Veka West employees feel that supporting local causes is the right thing to do and gives them a sense of connection. Throughout the year donations are made to a wide range of community causes. However we all are aware that the holidays are an especially challenging time for many families and we try to increase our efforts.”

Veka West will be collecting coats for the Big Reno Coat Drive until December 7th, 2012 and hope to help the drive reach a goal of 2000 coats.
Veka West and its team really care about the community, Miller adds ”It’s astounding! We are very fortunate, as we have a lot of wonderful employees with very big hearts!"

If you or your company is interested in donating a coat or sweatshirt to the 2012 Big Reno Coat Drive please visit Veka West in Stead or visit our website http://www.bigrenocoatdrive.org for drop off locations and details about the drive.

About The Big Reno Coat Drive
The Big Reno Coat Drive was founded in 2005. The mission of the coat drive is simple “People helping People.” Over the last 6 years with the help of local businesses and residents, we have collected over 5000 coats.

The coats we collect are handed out on the streets of Reno and Sparks; they are also given to the Reno Sparks Gospel Mission. We have been working with the Reno Sparks Gospel Mission for many years and they share the same passion for helping others as we do. If you have a local group or organization that needs coats, please let us know.

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