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Eastern Cares: Mission Trip to Samana, Dominican Republic

We love hearing about the trips our Ambassadors take around the world to show caring can happen anywhere! Rich L, Atlanta Inside Sales, and his family went on a mission trip with their church to Samaná, Dominican Republic. Here are his comments and pictures!

“Thank you for your support of our mission trip to Samaná, Dominican Republic. The experience was something we will never forget. The work was back-breaking but very rewarding. VBS [Vacation Bible School] with the kids was fun and exciting. The people were friendly and loving. We thoroughly enjoyed taking a siesta every day from 12pm-2pm, wish we worked this was in the U.S.” – Rich L.

Dominican Republic Church

The church, where we ate all our meals.

Pastor's Home

The work site was the pastor’s home. We filled all the floors with dirt and we are now experts at digging and the “bucket brigade.”

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At church on Sunday, birthdays from the previous week were honored.

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The Bucket Brigade!

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Games during Vacation Bible School at the church!

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Time to learn something!

New Friends

One of the many new friends that Ashlee made during VBS Days.

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Another new friend!

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About Eastern Cares


Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc. established the Eastern Cares program in 2002 dedicated to four main “Cs” of caring focusing on Company, Community, Country, and Culture.

Caring for our Company

In caring for our Company, Eastern focuses on impacting the lives of our associates.

Eastern partners with Marketplace Chaplains USA, an outreach ministry that provides teams of professionally-trained, experienced Chaplains who extend compassionate care to our most valuable asset — our Associates and their families.

Associate Emergency Fund (which is fully funded by Eastern Associates) provides financial support in times of crisis. Associates reach out to one another, promoting an environment of care and understanding.

Educational Assistance Fund assists Associates in furthering their education and training to best meet their career objectives

Scholarship Fund awards undergraduate scholarships to children or grandchildren of full-time Associates.

Adoption Assistance offers financial support to Associates who are building families.

In efforts to help support the mental and spiritual well-being of our associates, Eastern also offers Weekend-to-Remember Marriage Enrichment, Brown-Bag Lunch Bible/Book Studies, and Christmas Candlelight Services.

Defibrillator and CPR Training is mandated at each branch in order to provide a safe working environment for our associates and customers.

Eastern also partners with Teleios Services in giving associates access to a financial management specialist who can assist them with planning for the future, budgeting, tax issues and various other financial challenges.

Caring for our Communitites

Eastern demonstrates care and commitment to our local communities by volunteering our time and resources to local outreach programs. Locally, each branch donates to community blood drives, rescue missions, and youth and children’s homes such as the Helping Hands Ministry in Atlanta, Georgia. Furthermore, Eastern donates to organizations such as Miracle Hill Ministries, Campus Crusade for Christ and Fellowship for Christian Athletes. Also, the Cares Fund provides support to meet specific financial needs within our communities.

Caring for our Country

In caring for our Country, Eastern’s heart for caring extends beyond our physical reach taking part in national outreach efforts such as March of Dimes WalkAmerica, National Breast Cancer Awareness, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Awareness, Care Packages for U.S. Troops in Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina Relief.

Caring for other Cultures

Eastern’s care for other cultures is exemplified through our Eastern Cares Mission Work Program, supporting Associates with paid leave to take part in mission-oriented projects, whether at home or in distant corners of the world. Eastern Associates have traveled to Romania, Peru, Kenya, and Tanzania just to name a few in service to others. In addition, Eastern’s care is demonstrated through company donations to aid in the relief efforts after devastating natural disasters such as the Thailand Tsunami.

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