John W. Danforth Co., a mechanical contracting firm in Victor, recently donated school supplies, sneakers, clothing and small household items to families living in low-income housing on the Canandaigua VA Medical Center property.
The items were purchased through donations from Danforth employees throughout the summer.
Theresa Hill, a subcontract coordinator at Danforth, volunteers monthly at the VA by spending time with the children and their families. She initiated and organized the donation effort. According to Hill, the idea was spurred by Danforth’s company culture.
“Danforth provided us a number of company cookouts during the summer, and that started me thinking about paying it forward and doing something for the kids I see at the VA,” she said.
At each cookout, Hill explained her idea and asked her co-workers to make a donation to help the effort.
“We have a saying that ‘teamwork makes the dream work,’ and my co-workers jumped right in,” she said. “I’m thrilled to be able to do something to help local veterans and their families.”
“We believe wholeheartedly that charity starts at home, where people can make the biggest impact,” said Kevin Reilly, CEO and chairman. “What’s most impressive about this effort is that it was totally driven from the ground up by Theresa and supported by everyone on our Rochester team. They simply saw a way to help some local children and families and did something about it. We couldn’t be more proud of them.”