I've received a flurry of notes this week from companies and organizations whose workers are making extraordinary efforts this year on behalf of various charities: The Society of Plastics Engineers Detroit Section coordinated an effort that will donate 30,000 toy "Plastivans" for children in the metropolitan Detroit area. Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP of the Woodlands, Texas, donated resin for the toys; American Plastic Toys Inc. of Walled Lake, Mich., donated a week's worth of production time, and Maple Press LLC of Troy, Mich., donated stickers to decorate the vehicles. There will be a formal donation ceremony on Dec. 4th at American Plastic Toys. Employees at West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. are donating time and money for charities around the world. Recent projects include:
- Africa Health Placements: In 2009, West employees raised more than $140,000 for this not-for-profit organization that recruits doctors from around the world to provide critical care for patients in rural African hospitals through fundraising activities including silent auctions, t-shirt sales, bake sales and a 6-day, 350-mile bike ride through Cornwall, England.
- Braille without Borders: In 2008, West employees raised more than $200,000 to support this international program to educate and empower blind people in developing areas such as Tibet and India.
- Camp Victory Treehouse: In 2007, West employees donated $240,000 and hundreds of hours in manpower to build a wheelchair-accessible treehouse for children with chronic illnesses including spina bifida, autism and cancer at Camp Victory in Millville, Pa.
- Hope Lodge: In 2006, West employees raised more than $192,000 to help build the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society in Philadelphia, a 30,000 square-foot facility which provides free temporary housing to approximately 1,300 cancer patients annually.