Congratulations to the Twin City Garage Door Burnsville office for winning the employee-initiated Dress Our Vets competition which spanned across ten APi Group companies for two weeks. The goal of the competition was to collect business clothing and accessories for veterans leaving active duty and transitioning into civilian careers.
More than 1,150 items were donated. The average number of donations per person determined the winning office. TCGD Burnsville's branch contributed 163 items with just eight employees.
"They urged customer donations very successfully as well as made personal donations," said TCGD President Lisa Donabauer. NYCO followed a close second with just nine employees contributing 119 items.
"Clothing is one of veteran's most basic, but seldom addressed, needs as they leave active duty," said Jenifer Lips, administrative assistant at APi Group and Staff Sergeant for the Minnesota Air National Guard. Lips and two co-workers initiated and organized the competition.
"It was an honor to be able to do something to help the veterans whom we have so much respect for," said Dan Rogers, TCGD service manager.
The clothing was donated to Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), a nonprofit organization that has assisted veterans for more than 24 years. In 2013, MACV supported 1,785 veterans and their families through various crises. Recently, MACV partnered with Suits for Soldiers creating a new opportunity to assist veterans in the Twin Cities area.
"We renamed our clothing drive Dress Our Vets in an effort to draw a range of donations than simply suits," Lips said. "I was so grateful for the opportunity to participate in a cause that is so important to me. It was an amazing learning experience." Lips credits co-workers Shannon Swanson and Gia Gunerius for having provided guidance, assistance and ideas "that really helped things to take off."
Companies APi Group, APi Distribution, APi NSG, APi Supply, NYCO Products, MMC, LeJeune Steel, Viking Automatic Sprinkler, APi Construction and TCGD participated in the clothing drive. TCGD customers and employees were excited to donate to a worthy cause, Rogers said.
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