UAW-Ford emphasizes the importance of giving back to their members and surrounding communities. And during the holiday season, they always step it up a notch. The 4th annual Boxes of Love program, held on Saturday, Dec. 17, spread just what the name of the program says… love to over 25,000 families across 17 states. An astonishing 1 million dollars went toward making this holiday unforgettable for well deserving citizens in areas all over the country where Ford facilities are located.
From 9 a.m. until every box was gone, UAW-Ford passed out Boxes of Love, which included a 12- to 14-pound turkey, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, cornbread mix, vegetables, cake mix and frosting. Each box was valued at $75.
“We are proud to organize not only for our members but also for the people in need in our communities, so that they, too, can have a holiday with dignity and warm food,” said UAW-Ford vice president Jimmy Settles. “Our dedication to helping improve the quality of life for those communities in which our members live, work and play is even stronger.”
In Detroit, there were several locations for families to visit and pick up their box of love. UAW- Ford had the support of 154 churches in the metro Detroit area who were able to identify the families in need.
“Ford Motor Company is glad to be able to lend a helping hand this holiday season, as we stand committed to helping people in need,” said Bill Dirksen, Ford Motor Company vice president, labor affairs. “This is one of the many ways in which we are invested in Detroit and communities across the United States.”
Boxes of Love is just a portion of UAW- Ford’s national community giving initiative. More than 1,000 volunteers, including UAW-Ford members, retirees, family members, friends, businesses, organizations and youth assisted in the assembly and distribution of each bag.
UAW- Ford gave the greatest gift, the gift of love, and that’s exactly what the community needs.