On Easter Sunday, 16 amazing young adults and 3 adults from Mckendree United Methodist Church set off on a mission trip to Villa Clara in the Dominican Republic. With the help of 4 Dominican nationals we were able to complete the following:
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!
- Stainless Fitting Group
- Dodson Global
- Liquid Combustion Techonology
- Apollo Flow Controls
- Grover Todd
- Keystone Constructors
- B2X Partners
- Cherry Bekaert
- Jack Sullivan
- Marsh & McLennan Agency
- RIDGID Tools
- The Allied Group
- C.H. Patrick
- Keith & Kristi Giddens
- Merfish Pipe & Supply
- Merit Brass
- Norca Industrial Company
- Penn Machine
- Pro Marketing
- Texas Pipe
- 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
- Spears Manufacturing
- TAG Logistics
- Titan Flow Control
- Warren’s Tire on Wheels
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.
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!
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.
From Spencer L on how he used two of his five Because You Care Days (Mission Days) offered by Eastern.
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.
“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
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.
“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
“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