Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented needs caused by COVID-19. According to their official website, this new day is organized by Giving Tuesday and is being held in addition to the annually scheduled event that will still take place in December.
There are so many ways to participate from something as simple as giving your time to help a neighbor to donate to a cause close to your heart.
On this Giving Tuesday, we wanted to give a shout out to some of the organizations we love and have recently been able to support:
We are so proud to be able to support each of these organizations and encourage you to also take the time to volunteer or donate to them. Whether you donate with us or to your own cause, we want to say thank you for helping to make the world a better place today!
Last Tuesday, March 17, Brad Bonham, CEO of Walker Edison, sent out a letter outlining what the Utah based eCommerce furniture company was doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In it was a call for nominations for those whose budgets were tight, but in need of a desk to successfully work and teach their kids remotely.
Since Tuesday, the post has been shared hundreds of times and the company has been flooded with email responses from across the nation. As a result, Walker Edison donated over 500 desks** to individuals and families!
Bonham commented, “Extending a hand to those that need is at the very core of what we do at Walker Edison. Please join us during this difficult time in lifting others by helping those in need. Let’s stay positive, safe, and healthy as we confront this as a worldwide family. We will survive this, together.”
**Walker Edison has now donated 750 desks. At this time, Walker Edison has reached an inventory limit and is unable to send more desks.
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Walker Edison participated in a company-wide service event Wednesday afternoon in partnership with Rise Against Hunger. Over 100 employees came together to prepare and package 40,000 meals for people in need.
Walker Edison values charitable service as an integral part of their culture. Each quarter employees receive paid time off to give back to nonprofit organizations in addition to opportunities to participate in company-wide service events. Matt Davis, Walker Edison’s co-owner and COO said of the event, “Contributing back to the community is so important for us and as a global business we love helping organizations like Rise Against Hunger. This is a great cause and serving together as a company is a lot of fun too.”
For each of the past two years, Walker Edison has donated 20,000 meals, but this year they decided to double their efforts. CEO Brad Bonham said, “We’re doing something really exciting here, being able to package 40,000 meals for kids who go hungry every day. We love Rise Against Hunger and we love doing service like this for others.”
Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization, aims to show the world that it is, in fact, possible to end hunger by the year 2030. With 28 U.S. locations and five international offices, the organization is committed to nourishing lives, providing emergency aid, empowering communities and growing the hunger relief movement. Rise Against Hunger has facilitated volunteer meal packaging of nearly 500 million meals to be distributed to countries around the world. To find out more about Rise Against Hunger, please visit www.riseagainsthunger.org.
Michelle is a happy girl with an awesome outlook on life. She was diagnosed with osteoscarcoma in March 2016 and has since been diagnosed with Lyme disease, undergone chemotherapy and had her leg amputated.
Walker Edison had the great opportunity to participate in the Make-A-Wish proclamation delivery for Michelle and surprised both her and her family by picking them up in a limo and taking them to the Sunset Equestrian Center to ride horses. At the end of the fun-filled day, members of the Air Force presented Michelle with an American flag and told her they would be granting her wish to be a pilot in the United States Air Force.
Michelle's wish was later granted by Make-A-Wish Utah on her 15th birthday.