-Written by Erik Sargent
Giving back to the communities we work and live in is what drives the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand each and every day. Founder Mary Ellen Sheets donated her first $1,000 in profit directly to charities and since then, giving back to the community has been a top focus throughout our system.
Our franchises across the country participate in and run numerous charitable events throughout the year, but none compare to our annual Movers for Moms® campaign each spring. A campaign started in-house by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® 10 years ago, it aims to provide essential care items to women who are facing homelessness or domestic violence and living in shelters throughout the country.
These women aren’t able to receive the love and care that most mothers receive on Mother’s Day, and we make it a point to ensure they are appreciated by spending the spring months partnering with organizations and shelters to collect donation items. Each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise participates in Movers for Moms®, making sure our reach is felt from coast to coast.
“We take so much pride in community service events here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, including our own Movers for Moms® program,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley. “We celebrated our 10th year of giving back to mothers in need. It’s a blessing that our brand is in position to give back, and we thank all of our locations for the support and passion they put into this important program and the impact they have on communities. We are proud to move people forward and do our part to change lives.”
With each passing year, the Movers for Moms® word spreads, and the success of the campaign continues to grow. 2017 saw the most impress year of collections yet, and showed how much hard work is being put in by all participants.
More than 295,000 items were collected across the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, exceeding the 2016 collection total by 10,000. These collection items were able to provide support to more than 250 different shelters across the United States.
Even more exciting, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations were able to secure 810 franchise collection partners for the campaign, and with each location as a drop off location for the community to give donations, there were more than 1,000 collection sites spread across the country this year. Our Sacramento, Lansing, Charlotte, Nashville, Des Moines, Ann Arbor, Myrtle Beach, and Miami locations also stood out as some of this year’s go-getters. All collected 5,000 or more donations items in 2017.
“We were extremely happy with how our Movers for Moms® campaign went this year. Our donation box and special event hosts helped us collect over $1,200 in donations and over 10,000 items,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Charlotte Marketing Manager Rosemary Hastings.
On the opposite side of the country, the same levels of success were also seen as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® worked to help collect these donation items.
“We were very successful, and had a 20 percent increase in donations over last year,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Mesa Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Merkel. “This is attributed to finding corporate partnerships where we were able to place collection boxes in businesses with multiple locations. We also held a few donation drives. These didn’t bring a lot of impromptu donations, but they gave us the opportunity to talk about the charity, and many people were excited to return to the locations with donations at a later date.”
To learn more about how you can be involved with Movers for Moms® in the future, visit our Movers for Moms® page, here.
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