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2017 Eastern Cares Charity Classic

October 27th marked the 4th Annual Eastern Cares Charity Classic. This year our tournament benefitted Daily Bread Life Children’s Home in Iringa, Tanzania. Twenty-four teams came out to play at Smithfields Country Club in Easley, SC and we could not have asked for a more beautiful day to play some golf. This year we raised over $22,000 to help the children at Daily Bread Life. Thank you to our amazing sponsors and players!

 

First prize went to Mike DeShields and his awesome team! We also had an incredible Hole-In-One by Glenn Mosack of Apollo Valves on hole 8, scoring him the Closest to the Pin award on that contest hole! Congratulations to these folks!

Titanium Sponsors

  • Stainless Fitting Group
  • Dodson Global
  • Liquid Combustion Techonology

 

Porcelain Sponsors

  • Apollo Flow Controls
  • Grover Todd
  • Keystone Constructors

Stainless Sponsors

  • Anvil
  • B2X Partners
  • Cherry Bekaert
  • Jack Sullivan
  • Marsh & McLennan Agency
  • RIDGID Tools
  • The Allied Group

 

Copper Sponsors

  • C.H. Patrick
  • ISCO
  • Keith & Kristi Giddens
  • Lamons
  • Merfish Pipe & Supply
  • Merit Brass
  • Norca Industrial Company
  • Penn Machine
  • Pro Marketing
  • Texas Pipe

Carbon Sponsors

  • Absolute E-Z Up
  • Anderson Transportation & Logistics
  • Corrugated Container
  • G & W Equipment
  • Kelly Pipe Co.
  • Marubeni-Itochu Steel Canada
  • Powell Valves
  • Promotional Authority
  • Rodney True
  • Service Metal
  • Silbo Industries, Inc
  • Smith-Cooper
  • Spears Manufacturing
  • TAG Logistics
  • Titan Flow Control
  • Warren’s Tire on Wheels
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Love Taylors Day 2017

From Mary Jean R. in our Corporate Office in Greenville, SC:


“Love Taylors” Day kicked off at First Baptist of Taylors, SC bright and early on the morning of September 16th, with over 300 volunteers coming together for a day of serving our neighbors, building on-going relationships and sharing the love of Jesus throughout the Taylors community (between Greer and Greenville, SC). Using their gifts, skills, and passion, volunteers jumped in, ready to go to take on projects all up and down Main Street (overall, within a 2.8 mile radius of the church), including park beautification and clean-up, landscaping, home repairs, bike repairs, oil changing clinic, ladies financial workshop, prayer walking, just to name some of the many hands-on activities that took place throughout the day.

Love Taylors Day Group of Volunteers

Our life group had the privilege of providing breakfast for the volunteers – 400 Chick-Fil-A chicken-minis, 100 chicken biscuits, 40 pounds of bananas, a bushel of locally picked apples, 15 pounds of clementines, 144 orange juices, 100 milks, nutrition/protein bars, water, and a lot of coffee. It all went off without a hitch! We are grateful for the day’s beautiful weather and especially for the collective heart of the people who were so willing to give of their time and talents towards making a difference in the life of our church’s community – Taylors, SC!

Volunteers eating breakfast
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Todd H Helps With Hurricane Clean Up

This story is from Todd H in our Greenville, SC Distribution Center. He used a couple of Because You Care Days to help people in Florida after the devastating storms that hit.

Thanks so much for allowing me to serve the people of Central Florida with the SC Baptist Disaster Relief team.
We arrived at Lake Yale conference center late Sunday night and started working early Monday morning. First, we removed a tree in a rural area that was blocking the road (dirt road) that the school bus had to go down on its route. Next, we removed a tree from an elderly widows roof (picture below) our last task was to serve a 92-year-old man that was grieving the loss of his wife of 70 years. Mr. Pruitt used to serve with the Florida Disaster Relief team, we were honored to remove a tree from his property that was blocking a canal that was used by local residents. Wednesday was a travel day back home, even though we were only there for 2 work days, we were able to help, encourage and just listen to people that wanted to tell you their story.
Todd H
Greenville, SC
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Sam Goes to Clarkston with Friends of Refugees

Sam from our Anderson, SC branch used several of his Because You Care Days to serve at this youth camp. Eastern gives each employee five Because You Care Days to do mission work and serve our communities each year. In his own words:


This summer I had the opportunity to serve at a youth camp in Clarkston, GA for 5 days.  The camp was organized by a group called “Friends of Refugees.”  When the US receives refugees, many of them are resettled in Clarkston, GA.  In fact, the city has resettled over 40,000 refugees from many different countries in the past 25 years.  The campers ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade.  We spent each day getting to know the kids through playing games, leading bible studies, and sharing meals.  In the evenings, we would make home visits in attempts to get to know the adult members of the families.  Many of these visits required the use of Google Translate to overcome the language barrier when communicating.  Through my time there, I had the chance to meet many interesting folks from all over the world! I’ve gained a greater understanding of how the refugee resettlement program in America works, and I was able to gain a strong sense of empathy for how difficult it is to provide for one’s family when living in a foreign country with a language barrier.

~Sam Q

Sam Q in Clarkson GA Youth Camp by "Friends of Refugees" Group Picture
Sam Q and two children in Clarkson GA Youth Camp by "Friends of Refugees"
Sam Q in Clarkson GA Youth Camp by "Friends of Refugees" Group Playing a Game
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Spencer L Helps VBS at Roebuck Baptist Church

From Spencer L on how he used two of his five Because You Care Days (Mission Days) offered by Eastern.


 

My wife, Janet, is the Children’s Minister at Roebuck Baptist Church and I usually use my missions day each year helping her with different events. I used two days this year for their Vacation Bible School.  Roebuck is one of the few churches that still offer a daytime bible school. Most of them are now done at night. Since it is during the day, we have been able to minister to some of the local daycare facilities. This year we had three daycares that came to bible school. This was such a blessing to be able to share with the children of our community. I decided to use my days on Monday and Friday because the first day and last day of bible school are usually the most hectic. We were very blessed to have a great group of children. It was actually divided into three groups for VBS. We had preschool, 1st-6th grade, and middle school.  It was a great week to be with these children and with all of the great workers. I am very blessed that Eastern provides these days for its employees to use to serve their communities.
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Because You Care Day: Ryan G Goes on a Field Trip to Salem

Winston-Salem Field Trip - Crossing a Bridge

At Eastern, each employee is given five days per year to do mission-type activities. These days are called Because You Care Days and here’s one story of how our employees use these days to support their family and community.


I chaperoned my daughter Kiley’s field trip to Old Salem Historic District in Winston-Salem.  We got to learn about a lot of history about the Moravian culture in the late 1700’s.  We got to visit the shoemaker, the gun shop, the pottery studio, and the bakery.  All of the people were dressed for the period and taught us about their crafts.  We also got to visit the single brothers’ workshop where single boys went to learn a trade and some eventually left to get married.  It was a very informative experience and very interesting to learn about how the people lived over 200 years ago.

~Ryan G

Winston-Salem Field Trip - Tools of the Time
Winston-Salem Field Trip - Watching Work Get Done
Winston-Salem Field Trip - Welcome to Salem
Winston-Salem Field Trip - Exploring an Old House
Winston-Salem Field Trip - Exploring an Old House2
Winston-Salem Field Trip - Exploring an Old House3
Winston-Salem Field Trip - Exploring an Old House4
Winston-Salem Field Trip - Exploring an Old House5
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2017 Special Olympics at Furman University

Special Olympics Eastern Volunteers Group Picture
Volunteers Zach Galloway and Daughter

“It was awesome to see how each athlete was special in their own, unique way. They were full of personality. My favorite part of the day was seeing the excitement on their faces after winning a game or event!” ~Amber L

 

“So many things stuck with me but most of all was the unfaltering excitement and joy of the athletes. They have a life full of challenges but their outlook always stays positive. Makes you feel guilty for EVER complaining! Life lesson learned!” ~Joni S

 

“I do it every year and it never seems to amaze me how happy they are and it always a blessing to see the big smiles on their faces. It’s a great event and I would strongly urge anyone who’s never had the opportunity to take part in it to do so. They are just a joy to be around.” ~Jason T

 

“I was blown away to see how much our people love it!  There is quite a difference between doing something out of obligation or with joyful passion.” ~David K

 

“I love that these kids take pride in the games that they compete in.  They do their best, and earning a medal brings such a smile to their face.  It is a fun day for both participants and volunteers!!” ~Erin S

Volunteers Lori and Laura
David Kay - Director of Eastern Cares
Volunteers AJ and Zach
Four tents set up with Games
Volunteers Lori and Savanna
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Upstate Heart Walk 2017

In April, we participated in the American Heart Association’s Upstate Heart Walk again. We had a very successful year fundraising. One of our team, Joni S, was an all-star and got over $1400 in donations by holding a silent auction within the company.

 

We love supporting the American Heart Association because heart disease has affected many of our loved ones and you probably know someone who has been affected. Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death in the U.S. You can learn more about heart disease on the American Heart Association’s website.

Starting Line of Upstate Heart Walk with EISI Sign
Beginning of Race Group Picture
Sea of People starting the Upstate Heart Walk
Found our Mile Marker on Mile 3 Group Picture around sign
End of the Upstate Heart Walk Group Picture
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2017 FCA Hank Parker Shoot

Eastern Industrial Group Photo
Eastern Industrial Group around Sponsorship Sign

“This was the third year that Eastern was a Corporate Sponsor of the Hank Parker Shoot.  It is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) event to raise funds for Summer Camp Scholarships in the Carolinas Region which includes North and South Carolina. FCA’s vision is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

The event includes sporting clay team competition, key note speakers, auctions and great food.  A number of celebrates attend every year including former and current sports stars, coaches, military heroes and more.   The event raised over $100,000 for camp scholarships.” – Kip Miller

Richy Milligan and Hank Parker
Robby Davis Son

“Great day! Got to hear some great Christian speakers, visit with customers, and spend time with associates! Also, got to spend the day with my son.” – Robby Davis

Eastern Industrial Group Around Hole Sign
Eastern Industrial Group
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November 2016 Mission to Tanzania

From Jan H (originally posted on the Teleios Blog*)

Sunday, November 6…What a wonderful day to be in the house of the Lord and what better place to be but at ACTS Fellowship in Iringa, Tanzania!

The people of the church allowed us to worship with them, along with the people of Kidete. Dr. Floyd Parker preached and conducted a wedding at the same time. We sang, danced, worshiped and celebrated – all of which were pleasing to the Lord.

After a time of rest, we attended the celebration/reception of Raymond and Jessica (who made a beautiful bride, by the way!)

At this time, we ate and danced. Brian, “Bubba,” brought greetings and blessings from the Team as we presented our gift of a mattress.

What a blessing it is to be in Iringa with Neema, Mpeli and the children of Daily Bread of Life, our family.

*http://teleiosministry.blogspot.com/2016/11/worship-wedding-and-dancing-night-away.html

Betha and Husband
Betha's Pre Wedding Party
Betha Wedding

From Bubba H

I went on this trip with mixed emotions. This trip was moved up from January to November because of the rains and the scope of work to be done. It was a little scary, leaving Hannah, who would sign up, could we get the funds for Jan. Floyd and I decided we would make a plan and let GOD work out the rest. And that is just what we did!

Floyd and I made a plan of the piping system that we wanted to install at Daily Bread Life.  It was urgent that we protect the foundations of the buildings on-site. The sidewalks that fellow associates had built were in danger of being lost because of the rains. I was worried that Mpeli would not be able to find materials that we needed for the project. Floyd had talked with him several times coaching him on what we needed. The rest was in God’s hands. There is no Lowes to run to in Tanzania.

Then God started to WORK! Kip approved more mission days for me. John Stephenson (Eastern – Charlotte) signed up for the trip along with Preston. We had things worked out for Hannah while we were gone. Our church paid the money for Jan’s trip. We were all set to go, but I still had doubts. Can we do all this work in a week? Will Mpeli find a backhoe? Will I remember how to run it! It has been 5 years you know. LOL. But I found that with God’s help and a very determined Floyd Parker we could do anything.

We were greeted at the airport by Mpeli, Maka, and Roy. It was surreal to be back and for Jan to be with me. The next day we traveled to Iringa and got a welcome from the children like no other. All the materials we had ordered were there. The next day came the backhoe (that I had not forgotten how to run). We laid pipe and built boxes to catch the rainwater. We hung gutters and piped them to the boxes. Rock was placed in the wash areas to stop further problems. The whole time Neema, Mpeli, and the children were helping. It was not easy work and we had no problem sleeping at night. The Lord was definitely present on this trip.

We had an unforgettable trip. Being with my wife and three Godly men on this trip will be a lasting memory of mine. But I want people to know that the work is NOT done. There is plenty more to do at Daily Bread Life and Asanta Sana children’s homes. I will be helping Floyd to encourage people to go to Tanzania or anywhere the Lord draws you to go. I never dreamed I would go on a mission trip like this. It was Jack Sullivan who planted the seed in me about Tanzania. Then GOD took over. Floyd asked the question on my first trip “Why would Americans come to Tanzania? Why would they come to the village of Kidete?” Then he answered, “Where here they could find the Lord.” Nothing could be truer. Let’s keep Kip, Kim, Floyd, Bonnie, Neema, and Mpeli’s dream alive! Who knows what you will find on a mission trip!

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