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ASSE Employees Donate Toys, Baby Formula, Winter Clothes to Families in Need

Posted in on Thu, Dec 4, 2008

Des Plaines, IL (December 4, 2008) — In an effort to help community families and children in need this holiday season, the 60 employees of the 97-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) purchased and donated toys, baby formula and warm outerwear to the Society of the Preservation of Human Dignity in Palatine. The donations, delivered today, are for children between the ages of one month to 12 years and will be distributed to the families this Friday.

ASSE is the oldest and largest safety society with more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide.

“Throughout the year we try to help families in need,” ASSE Human Resource Manager Sally Madden, SPHR, said. “This year our employees have gone above and beyond to help families facing tough economic times. We want to help our neighbors and bring a smile, if we can, to those families and their children.”

The ASSE employees not only donated 10 large bags of toys including teddy bears, Barbie Dolls, Tonka toys, mittens, racing cars,
a Kawasaki keyboard, batman toys, a garage heliport, trains, etc., but also hundreds of dollars for baby formula and winter outerwear.

The children of one ASSE employee, aged 10 and seven, had been collecting change all year to purchase video games. When they heard about the program they decided to donate all the change to go to purchase baby formula for the ASSE donation effort.

According to the Society of the Preservation of Human Dignity, an outreach program for young mothers and families at or below the poverty level, about 850 children in the Northwest suburbs are in need this holiday season.

In addition, throughout the year ASSE employees donate food, cell phones, prescription glasses, and gently used shoes for those in need. The cell phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time. Chargers and accessories were also donated.

The prescription eye wear donated from ASSE employees went to the Gift of Sight, an organization that collects, repairs, classifies and hand delivers used glasses on optical missions serving nearly two million people in 25 countries. New or gently worn shoes donated by ASSE employees went to help put shoes on those in need locally and internationally, especially Hurricane Ike victims. This effort also helps the environment by recycling shoes that may be sent to a landfill.

Founded in 1911, ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education.
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