FleetNet America collects winter items for the area needy
These boxes full of warm coats, scarves, and gloves were collected by FNA employees and later taken to Jesus Servant Ministries and Cherryville Area Ministries to be disbursed by them to folks who most needed them. (photo provided)
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
One of Cherryville’s biggest employers, FleetNet America, has long been known in the area for its philanthropy and community-mindedness.
Thus, it was no surprise when, back at the beginning of the year, the organization, which is an ArcBest Company, decided to collect coats to give to local churches to disburse to those who needed them, to face the oncoming winter months.
Emily Hurst, Manager of Financial Analysis, explained it in this manner, “The FleetNet community outreach team is always looking for new ways to impact the community. One of our members brought up this idea during one of our meetings and we thought it would be a great way to impact a lot of people in the community.”
Hurst noted the organization chose Cherryville Area Ministries and Jesus Servant Ministries to receive the coat donations because, “We believed that we would be able to reach more people by choosing both of those organizations.”
Though FleetNet America has done other drives
in the past – most notably school supplies drives – she said, “This is the first time that FNA has done a coat drive.”
She continued, “We have participated in other charity endeavors, and we are always looking for new ways to give back.
“Some other charities we have participated in are Operation Christmas Child, Relay for Life, 7Homes Angel Tree, Gaston County Education Foundation, Cherryville High School Education Foundation, the school supply drives for local Cherryville schools, fundraisers for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald house.
“We also like to sponsor community events such as the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Annual Cherryville Fourth of July Festival, Whoville, and we also sponsor community sports teams,” she said.
Hurst said FNA donated over 140 items and that they were delivered on Jan. 30.
“As noted earlier, Jesus Servant Ministries and Cherryville Area Ministries are the ones who distributed the items once we delivered them,” she said.