Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lowe's taking care of the troops; Christmas for our military

I've had to adjust to negotiating my military service with a corporate entity this year, something that I did not have to sweat in my previous world of academia- summers were "free" in that world. From the perspective of the corporate world I can see how it is a challenge to appreciate all the benefits of reservists and guardsmen in your workforce with the interruptions service brings. We try to sell all the other benefits which come from the skill sets and experiences we bring to balance out the absences.

That being said, I'd like to give some public credit to my employer for being ranked in the top 50 (#34 this year!) of military friendly employers and also for another recent grand gesture.

Home for the Holidays

 Lowe’s has donated $25,000 to help bring more than 200 soldiers from South Carolina home for the Christmas holiday.

Last week, the Family Readiness Group made a plea to the community asking for help to raise the $35,000 needed to help bring the Army Reservists home before the men and women head to Afghanistan in January. Since then, the group has received $10,000 from local Carolinians and $25,000 from Lowe’s.
The soldiers will arrive on Dec. 23. More than 100 members of the 1222nd South Carolina Army National Guard are scheduled to arrive at Lowe’s 2442 in Ft. Mill, S.C., between 8 and 9 a.m.
Meanwhile, more than 100 members of the 174 MAC (Mobile Augmentation Company) will arrive at Lowe’s 2595 in Spartanburg, S.C.

The Army reservists, from York, Lancaster and Chester counties, are currently in Wisconsin training.
 
For those Guardsmen, you could not have offered a better gift for their holiday season then to help them return to be with their families prior to their deployment:
 
For my brothers and sisters in arms during this holiday season, you are in our prayers and are not forgotten, despite the lack of news coverage. It may feel like our country is more concerned about other things, but there is a strong core of people, beyond just family and friends, who won't forget you.




4 comments:

Spanish Mike Alvarez said...

Hey Lowe's guy!

Tell everyone at the CSC about:

www.redaprons.com

Merry Christmas!

Kloser said...

Good for Lowe's. I applaud their gesture. It’s nice to see smaller groups like Prescription Audio also doing what they can to support our troops, veterans, and their families during the holidays: http://www.prescriptionaudio.com/holiday-card.php

Dana said...

Mike,

Folks at the CSC are well aware of Red Aprons. It is an interesting topic all its own, one I hope to blog on sometime- when unofficial online social networks spring up because there are no officially sanctioned online social networks to use. The problem w/the unofficial sites is the lack of control/oversight.... so while some things represent the company in a positive light, others... not so positive, and there is high potential for rumors, etc. But I do check it out from time to time myself. Hope you had a great Christmas as well.

Dana said...

Kloser,
Given that it is for the troops, I publish your Prescription Audio promotion of their goodwill gesture!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, troops!