In April, Southwire announced an expansion of its Giving Back efforts in response to COVID-19. In these uncertain and challenging times, the company’s long-standing tradition of Giving Back was enhanced with a commitment to donate $1 million toward COVID-19 relief with a focus on hunger, education and Hope for the Holidays.
Since then, Southwire has completed the first two phases of this donation. In May, the company committed a $500,000 donation to Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, and other similar international organizations across its communities. In July, Southwire held a virtual Back to School event in celebration of its $250,000 donation given through more than 35,000 bags of free school supplies that were shipped across the country to local children who needed them most.
Moving into the third, and final, phase of Southwire’s COVID-19 relief effort, the company will focus on providing Hope for the Holidays during the months of November and December through a total contribution of $250,000 to organizations like Toys for Tots, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Feed My Starving Children and more, bringing Southwire to a full $1 million donated by the end of 2020.
Additionally, in honor of Southwire’s 70th anniversary, the company will host a virtual Hope for the Holidays fundraising event on Dec. 3, from 6-9 p.m. (EST) with a goal to raise an additional $70,000 toward these causes by partnering with its Giving Back communities. The three-hour Facebook live event will feature a wide variety of musical performances, inspirational messages from special guests and sponsors and much more. The first 1,000 people to donate at the event will receive a special Southwire Hope for the Holidays long sleeved t-shirt.
“Giving Back is a big part of what makes Southwire such a special company, and our spirit of community and giving has been displayed in many new ways in light of the pandemic,” said Rich Stinson, Southwire president and CEO. “When determining how we could best distribute this donation back in April, it was important for us to consider the full year ahead and how COVID-19 could impact our communities, especially during the holiday season. In addition to Southwire’s committed monetary gift, this virtual fundraiser is meant to bring additional hope to communities in which we live and work, by providing an event full of celebration and the opportunity to raise even more support for the places we call home.”