#GivingTuesday: How Radio Flyer Gives Back

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#GivingTuesday: How Radio Flyer Gives Back

December 03, 2013
posted by Tracy Baldwin

On the National Day of Grassroots Philanthropy, #GivingTuesday, we wanted to highlight how Radio Flyer, and the Flyers who work here, give back to the communities in which we live and work. 

Through the company’s SMILE Squad, we identify opportunities for SMILE DAYS where Flyers can utilize one of their two paid days off to volunteer and spread smiles by donating our time and resources.  A few recent examples:

  • In November, we donated 40 wagons to Washington, Ill., a town in Central Illinois devastated by several tornadoes.  The wagons went to the most severely damaged areas to help residents with clean-up efforts.   We also donated 20 other products to the Washington Park District which is running a free child-care program for those who need it during the clean-up, recovery and rebuilding process. This donation was led by one of our Flyers in Product Development, who grew up there and personally made the product delivery.
  • Just before Thanksgiving, we participated in a food drive to support the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  We collected 125 pounds of food items from Flyers at our Chicago headquarters for a week, and delivered them on Friday, Nov. 22.  Eight Flyers volunteered at the Food Depository to help package our donations along with 5,000 pounds more for distribution to thousands of Chicagoans who are at risk of going hungry.
  • In October, we helped students at a local elementary school with their garden, based on learnings from our company’s Little Green Garden.  Flyers led stations that included garden games, nature art activities and food projects.  Each station educated students about the nutritional value of the herbs and vegetables they were growing.  We also helped to weed and mulch to prep the garden for next year.

What ways are you able to give back to the communities where you live and work?