A flat-screen television used at trade shows on the East Coast by Downers Grove, Ill.-based Flexco was recently donated to the Lancaster, Penn. chapter of New Life for Girls.
Flexco Territory Sales Manager Charlie Kernan was approached by the company to find a local charity that would accept the 46” flat-screen television. Since Kernan and his wife are on the local advisory board for New Life for Girls of Lancaster, donating the television to the house was a natural choice.
“Years ago, my wife and I got involved with New Life for Girls of Lancaster through my church, so we know it is a great organization,” Kernan said. “They are solely supported by donations and I knew the television would be a great addition to the house.”
New Life for Girls is a national, non-profit organization with a comprehensive program that addresses the needs of women by freeing them from addiction, restoring their self-worth, and training them to re-enter society in a productive role. The program functions in three steps – Phase 1: Introduction, Phase 2: Training, and Phase 3: Re-entry. The Lancaster facility is an introduction center, focusing on Phase 1 of the process.
When Kernan gave New Life for Girls of Lancaster Director Jodi Brown the news, she couldn’t believe it.
“I was completely surprised,” Brown said. “We are truly blessed to receive used items from all over the community, but getting something brand new like this was even more exciting. We really appreciate the fact that Charlie and Flexco thought of us.”
The television made one final appearance with Flexco at the Coal-Gen 2010 trade show in Pittsburgh and the next day, Kernan loaded the television into his truck and drove it to the house.
“I couldn’t wait to get it to these deserving women and girls,” Kernan said. “And I figured that once it was there, they could hook it up whenever they got the chance.”
Kernan didn’t know what he was in for when he recruited a few women to carry the television in with him. With everyone gathered in the dining room, the television was unveiled, much to the delight of the residents. As it turned out, the television was just in time for movie night, which meant Kernan would be staying a little longer to help get the television hooked up.
“When I heard it was movie night, I knew we had to get it hooked up in time for everyone to enjoy themselves,” Kernan said.
“We had a much smaller television and the girls were overjoyed to get this one,” Brown said. “The fact that it was just in time for movie night was even better.”
Flexco is a privately-owned company that has been in business for more than 100 years, enhancing belt conveyor productivity around the globe with a variety of products and services. Flexco and its employees are active in many local and national charitable organizations, including United Way. For more information on Flexco, log on to www.flexco.com or call 630-971-0150.