Forty-five of the company's employees teamed up and volunteered for Sleep in Heavenly Peace and Watertown Area People Against Child Hunger.  -  Photos: Terex Utilities

Forty-five of the company's employees teamed up and volunteered for Sleep in Heavenly Peace and Watertown Area People Against Child Hunger.

Photos: Terex Utilities

Terex Utilities team members from across the nation traveled to Watertown for the company’s annual sales team meeting in March. While in Watertown, 45 employees teamed up and volunteered at two area non-profit organizations that serve area youth.

Approximately 20 Terex team members prepped bed kits for 15 beds that were donated by Terex to Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP). This non-profit organization was founded on the premise that having a bed to sleep in is a basic need that contributes to proper physical, emotional, and mental stability of children. The organization has more than 250 local chapters across the nation, which build beds and provide mattresses and bedding, so kids don’t have to sleep on the floor. Terex team members prepped the kits by sanding, pre-drilling, and staining the materials to be assembled for local children. Each bed will come with a mattress, along with bedding donated by Terex team members in Watertown.

“The process went very smoothly in lining up this build at the Terex facility. We brought all the tools for the build and instructed their volunteers how to successfully complete each station,” Katie Stransky, President of the SIHP, said. “We had about 15 people from our core SHP team there to assist their volunteers. We are very grateful to Terex for buying the lumber and mattresses for 15 beds. They also held a bedding drive for their employees to donate new twin sheets, comforters, and pillows. They have a beautiful facility and we hope to return for future builds there.”

Darryl Niven, Terex Utilities VP and GM, said, “Citizenship is one of our core values at Terex – and we’ve made volunteering a tradition for our annual sales meeting. Helping to build beds for area youth was awarding, yet humbling. It’s a good feeling to know that we’re helping to give local kids a comfortable place to sleep at night.”

Another group of 25 Terex Team Members volunteered for Watertown Area People Against Child Hunger (PACH). The volunteers helped restock shelves and prepped the bagging area for the next weekly packing night. PACH works with the Watertown and Codington County school districts to provide nutritious snacks and meals to students who need food for weekends during the school year. The program feeds more than 500 students every week.

“Terex came on a non-packing night to help prep for the rest of the school year,” Marci Lewno, Board Member, and Inventory Coordinator of PACH, said. “The amount of work they did allowed for our regular prep volunteers to take a week off, and they got a few extra items ready for upcoming weeks.”

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