Pulling together for needy kids

Stefan Nowicki, Communications and Government Relations Manager, Fort Mill Operations Center

Christmas is a special time every year for millions of children in the United States, Canada and around the world. Unfortunately, however, this is not the case for everyone. A difficult economic climate has stretched all of us, but none more so than the organizations that try to contribute in a meaningful way to low-income families around the Holidays.

For many years, the management team at the Plymouth Pulp Mill has sponsored a child in Washington County to give them a joyful Christmas morning. This past year, when inquiring about the sponsorship, they found out there were some 500 children who needed help this year. Hearing of the hardships charitable organizations were facing, our Plymouth colleagues took it upon themselves to make a difference in the lives of these kids.

Collection boxes were put up around the mill to collect toys to donate to the local branch of Social Services. When their toy drive was complete, the Plymouth Mill had collected around 420 toys – that’s almost one toy per employee!

“I am so proud of our team for collecting over 400 toys for the kids in Washington County. There are many children who would not have had a Christmas without their generosity,” said Dennis Askew, Plymouth Mill Manager.

As all of the toys were being delivered to Social Services, all they kept saying was “this is a blessing”.

In Plymouth, Christmas was truly made joyful by the thoughtfulness and giving of our colleagues. In fact, the toy drive was such a success that it will become an annual tradition.