With the holiday’s right around the corner, stores are abounding with shoppers looking for that perfect gift. Unfortunately, at the same time there are thousands of families across Southeast Michigan that are struggling to provide even a modest Christmas for their children. According to the Salvation Army of Southeast Michigan, 16.8 percent of Michigan residents are living in poverty, the highest percentage in four decades, and Adopt-A-Family agencies are flooded with requests for support. That’s why many local companies like Troy’s Champion Home Builders have rallied their employees to help make a difference and grant holiday wishes for local families in need.
Champion and its employees supported more than 66 children and their family members through the Salvation Army's Adopt-A-Family and the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club Children's Holiday Wish programs. “We appreciate programs like the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family because it gives all of our employees a chance to get involved and give back to the community in which we live and work. Our employees donate money, shop for gifts from the family wish lists and come together to wrap them up,” said Angel Hamilton, one of the two organizers of Champion’s efforts.
Each family received a collection of gifts from their wish list that included toys, clothing, and general household products. In total, more than $6,000 worth of goods was donated. In addition, the company recognized the struggle that many families face to feed their children during the holiday school break. With this in mind, Champion also provided a gift card for groceries to assist each family through this time.
“As a home builder, families are our number one customer. We know and understand our obligation to support families in need and celebrate the opportunity to provide these gifts to families in our community.” said Jack Lawless, Champion CEO.
Troy, Michigan-based Champion Home Builders, Inc. is a leader in factory-built construction which through its affiliates manufactures products at 26 facilities in North America and the United Kingdom and distributes its products through independent retailers, builders and developers. The Champion family of builders produces manufactured and modular homes, as well as modular buildings for government and commercial applications. For more information, please visit www.championhomes.com.