Fullerton contributes to relief effort In response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Fullerton Lumber joined other Do it Best Corp. member-retailers around the world to contribute $235,000 and an emergency shipment of products to aid in the disaster relief efforts in New York City.
"When we first heard of the unspeakable tragedies, all of us at Fullerton Lumber, like people all over the world, were saddened, sickened, and worried for friends, loved ones, and all those we did not know who were directly touched by the events. When our distributor, Do it Best Corp., notified us of the collaborative effort, our feeling quickly turned into a desire to act," said Fullerton's General Manager Mark Sorenson.
The Salvation Army will use 100 percent of the $235,000 cash contribution to fund ongoing relief efforts. The check was presented to the Salvation Army officials on Friday, Sept. 28.
In addition to the cash contribution, Do it Best Corp. staff worked with the New York City branch of the Salvation Army to identify products of immediate need to relief workers. An emergency truckload of donated work gloves, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, dust masks, plastic cups, foam cups, plastic trash bags, and slush boots was delivered by a Do it Best truck to the Salvation Army drop off site in New York City on Monday, Sept. 17.
"I spoke with members and staff all across America who wanted to help, but didn't know the best way to get involved. I can think of no better demonstration of our corporate philosophy 'serving others as we like to be served' than by the way the entire Do it Best family has pulled together to aid the valiant workers in their recovery efforts," said Mike McClelland, Do it Best Corp. president and CEO.
Based in Fort Wayne, IN, Do it Best Corp. is the only member-owned hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the industry. As a Do it Best Corp. member-retailer, Fullerton Lumber has a collective buying power of more than $2.2 billion.