S. Carolina Chapter Launches Toys, PPE Donation Efforts
Des Plaines, IL (November 5, 2009) —
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) members and their chapters are not only committed to protecting people, property and the environment but also their communities. Members of the Charleston, SC, Chapter, known as the ASSE Low Country Chapter, are helping their community by donating bicycle helmets, elbow pads and knee pads to the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” drive. Chapter President Jayne Carswell, CSP, has also organized a toy drive at her workplace, ITT Communications Systems, and has challenged chapter members to consider having a toy drive at their workplaces as well.
“With our individual financial commitments, most of us can only afford to donate one helmet, but each of us can certainly do more,” Carswell says. “This is a difficult time for all of us, but if we can extend our occupational safety and health expertise to our community by helping children stay safe, this small investment will pay off in many ways. As we teach children the importance of being safe they will carry that with them as they age and move into the workplace.”
Carswell also noted that toys are also welcome. “Every bit helps and will be much appreciated,” Carswell said. The donations will be made to a Marine during the chapter’s November meeting and Carswell noted that they are accepting donations from non-ASSE members as well.
The chapter has also initiated a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) drive to benefit the local “Habitat for Humanity”. “Habitat for Humanity” PPE needs, in order of preference, are: safety glasses, gloves, ear plugs and Tyveks. Donations are being accepted at chapter meetings through February 2010. The PPE drive is being led by ASSE member Pat Rhea, CSP.
The ASSE Low Country Chapter was established in 1982 as one of 16 chapters in the ASSE Region VI, which represents the mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. For more information regarding these activities, how you can participate and when and where the chapter meetings will be held please go to http://www.lowcountryasse.org/.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. ASSE’s 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. Go to www.asse.org/newsroom for more information and safety tips.