Thursday, June 21, 2012
Gerber Collision Brings Record Donation for Local Food Pantry
Gerber Collision & Glass hosted their 5th Annual Peanut Butter Rally on June 8 at locations in Rockford and Loves Park, Illinois. The rally collects peanut butter and cash donations to help the Rock River Valley Pantry feed hungry children throughout the summer months.
Local radio stations broadcasted live from both shops while Gerber employees served lunch to the crowd and gathered donations throughout the day.
Last year Gerber collected 2,232 pounds of peanut butter and established a goal to collect 2,500 pounds this year. Through the support of team members in their 44 Illinois and Indiana locations, in addition to staff at Gerber's national call centers, customers and the local Enterprise Rent-A-Car offices, Gerber collected cash and peanut butter equivalent to 6,909 pounds of peanut butter.
"Knowing the kindness of our teams in Illinois and Indiana, along with the support from our valued partners at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, I never doubted that we would exceed our established goal. However, collecting a combination of Peanut Butter and cash donations equal to 6,909 pounds of peanut butter went beyond all expectations," said Jim Maliszewski, Director - Program Management & Centralized Support.
Kim Bakke, Executive Director, Rock River Valley Pantry said the donation will assist more than 5,000 families during the summer months
In addition to the rally, Gerber accepts donations of non-perishable food items as well as funds throughout the year at their Rockford and Loves Park locations, and those who donate receive an air freshener as a token of appreciation for their donation to the Rock River Valley Pantry.
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