The holiday seasons, more than any other time, our hearts go out to others who are less fortunate than we are. This year Zekelman Industries and its subsidiaries are finding ways to give back. Our Zekelman Industries Headquarters has partnered with Beacon Therapeutic, to provide holiday gifts to Chicago-area children in need. JMC and Beacon have a long-standing relationship and we are excited to work with them again this holiday season through our "Angel Tree" program. We've set a goal of providing gifts for over 70 children this year.
Our Atlas Tube facility is also making a difference by supporting Sparky Friday for the children of Essex County, located in Harrow, Ontario, Friday, December 13th. The Atlas truck is ready to be packed full of toys and delivered to the Harrow Fire Department for delivery.
Energex Tube one of our most diversified manufacturers of steel Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) and Line Pipe is donating $1,000 to the HOPE Centre, a Welland charity (www.thehopecentre.net) that provides food banks, meal services, emergency shelter for men and women over 16, life skills training, housing stabilization, literacy skills, Christmas baskets, and Koats for Kids so the money goes directly back to our own community. In conjunction with Energex's donation they are also participating in a Community Christmas toy drive with their local union.
We encourage all of our employees to give around the holidays. You can choose a variety of different things such as donating new or slightly used gifts for families. Provide food and clothing during the winter months for the less fortunate. Help sponsor organizations in your local communities by donating to your favorite charities. Volunteer at local soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
Although the holidays can be a hectic time, taking time out to help those who are less fortunate can serve to remind you and your family of the true nature of the holidays.