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Brookshire’s helps sponsor Easter event in Brownwood

Community Easter egg and candy hunts are more popular in some areas, and Brownwood, Texas, is one of those places. 

About 2,000 children took over Coggin Park this year during a hunt sponsored by Wendlee Broadcasting, Bruner Auto Group, Schlotzky’s and Dr Pepper, along with the Brookshire’s store in Brownwood. 

Student volunteers from the Brownwood High School Key Club stuffed more than 15,000 pieces of candy into plastic eggs prior to the event. Store Director Charles Cooper and other employees were on hand to pass out apples, bananas and pencils–in addition to donating candy.

Fire Truck Celebration

Brookshire’s Wildlife Museum & Country Store held a Fire Truck Celebration at the museum on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, with special guests, firefighters from the Dallas Fire Department who actually drove the museum’s 1952 La France fire truck.  

View images of this event.

Midlothian Team

One of our stores that’s always remained involved in the community is the team in Midlothian, Texas. 

It started when longtime Brookshire’s store director Jimmy Caldwell was at the helm and it’s carried over under the direction of Jeremy Morton. 

Recent examples are a classic car show and car wash held at the store to raise donations for Relay For Life and heavy participation in the Taste of Midlothian food expo. 

In the car event nearly 50 classic automobiles were on display while customers registered for door prizes, snacked on popcorn, nachos, hot dogs and soft drinks, and snatched up delicious items in a bake sale. The festivities brought in $1,200 for the relay. 

The store operated two booths at the expo with the team dishing out samples of new items such as Deli Colossal Pizzas, passing out NuVal information and Celebrate Cooking magazines, and handing out trinkets to the kids.

Jeremy said the employees were generous to donate their time for the car wash fundraiser and added that they enjoyed mingling with many of the 1,400 guests at the Taste of Midlothian.

Spirit of Christmas Food Drive November 16 – December 21

We are celebrating 30 years of conducting a November and December food drive, known as the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive in most communities, and have renewed excitement about helping our neighbors in need in 2011. 

The goal is to provide about a week’s worth of food—a 30-pound box containing non-perishable items plus a BGC-donated free roasting hen—for less-fortunate families who are screened by local relief agencies, nonprofit organizations, school officials and other groups. 

We feel no one should go without a decent meal at Christmas and strive to help those who need it most, especially single-parent households, the elderly, and those who are facing unfortunate circumstances—often unplanned such as a job layoff, a house fire or other situation. 

We can’t do it alone, of course. We have always partnered with service organizations such as Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs—to name a few, food banks and relief shelters, law enforcement and first responder volunteers and many other groups to carry out this project that assists tens of thousands of families each year with more than 500,000 pounds of food collected in over 100 towns and cities across the Ark-La-Tex. 

Men, women, youth and children from all walks come together to volunteer their time and energy during the busiest season of the year and help their fellow man. These people truly make the “spirit of Christmas” come to life, on top of our employees and customers, schools, businesses and other individuals who graciously donate and work to make it a rewarding and successful project. 

So, as we gear up for another holiday season, be on the lookout for ways to assist—whether by volunteering to help a partnering organization or by donating money and food. The gift is fulfilling and helps carry out the real meaning of Christmas.

Cooler temps bring out the best in our volunteers!

The onset of fall weather has stirred Brookshire’s volunteers as employees from the Monroe area demonstrated recently.

A huge parking lot event held at the Sterlington Road location called “Kickin’ It with the Kids” brought employees from Monroe, West Monroe and Rayville together to help several non-profit groups raise money and awareness about their services and work.

After several months of planning and publicizing the event through local elementary schools, the day was a rousing success and featured games such as the dart toss, ring toss, putt-putt and the wheel spin. There were cake walks and a cotton candy booth. Miss Louisiana was on hand to sign autographs as the police department sold hamburger plates and the fire department gave fire truck tours.

The store sold tickets for 25 cents, and each non-profit group maintained a booth to raise money for their own organization.

The Brookshire’s volunteers raised money specifically for Families Helping Families, a mission that serves 12 parishes in northeast Louisiana and provides referral, education and training for individuals with disabilities and their families.

On the same weekend a dozen volunteers from the West Monroe Brookshire’s worked at a Habitat for Humanity house. The group built door frames and facings and helped pick up nails and spare boards.

Boys and Girls Clubs of East Texas present honor to BGC

The Boys and Girls Clubs of East Texas named Brookshire Grocery Co. the Champions of Youth Award recipient for 2011.

Brad Brookshire, chairman of the board for BGC, accepted on behalf of the company at the Fourth Annual Champions of Youth Luncheon hosted at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler.

The award was given in recognition of BGC’s extraordinary support and generous contributions to the success of youth through the Boys and Girls Clubs.

“There are so many wonderful things that happen in this community because of Brookshire Grocery Co.” said Mark Scirto, a meteorologist with a Tyler television station and event emcee.

Scirto also commended BGC for its support of the East Texas Food Bank and donations raised for children’s programs through Brookshire’s Benefit Golf Tournament.

“We are honored to be alongside the distinguished list of past recipients who also believed in the work of the Boys and Girls Clubs of East Texas,” Brookshire said. “I am very proud that our company has been involved with the clubs for a number of years. It is a privilege to support an organization that realizes the potential of our youth—those being developed into future leaders and future contributors to our community and beyond.”

Let’s support our local animal shelters.

Let’s volunteer and support our local animal shelters. 

By taking the animals for a walk, giving them a good bath and grooming, handling an extra feeding and providing a break from the routine, volunteers provide a great service for our four-legged friends. 

In the past, BGC had teams to help shelters. On a recent Saturday, a dozen employees worked at the Humane Society of East Texas, a Selective Admissions, and No-kill animal sanctuary in Tyler.

Comments from volunteers about the work included:

“It was fantastic. In fact, we went back on Sunday and helped again. Now we’re thinking about providing a foster home for some of the dogs.”

“We had a great experience. The staff was gracious, and the animals were well cared-for.”

“It went great! We had such a good time working with the dogs.”

“I spent time with the cats. I’ve asked people to start saving their newspapers to take out there for the kittens to use.”

Sounds like the volunteers had a better time than the animals.

The shelters need good volunteers, as well as families to make donations or adopt animals.  

Consider what you may be able to do to help out!

“Leaders of the Pack” help students!

The noise is deafening. The glimpse of leather-clad bikers can be intimidating. The gleam of polished chrome and rubber is somewhat hypnotizing. And the motivation for this motorcycle ride is truly inspiring.
I’m describing “Bikers Rule 4 School,” the third such gathering that rallied a pack of motorcycle enthusiasts at Broadway Square Mall in Tyler on July 23, 2011.
The results? More than 11,500 school supply items collected and distributed by People Attempting To Help to east Texas families who need assistance for their children when school begins.
Several Brookshire’s employees also cruised the route that took bikers through Smith County school districts and ended at the Sharon Shrine Center on Highway 31 East just outside Loop 323 in Tyler.

Brookshire’s is Recognized for Contributions in Northeast Louisiana

Business and community leaders in Monroe, La., recently selected Brookshire’s as the Thomas H. Scott Award of Excellence winner for 2010-11.

Brookshire’s won the corporate category of the program administered by a volunteer committee made up of representatives from the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, University of Louisiana-Monroe College of Business, and the News-Star—the area’s daily newspaper.
To be nominated, businesses must have experienced substantial expansion or growth and made significant contributions through capital investment, job creation and retention, and community involvement.

Brookshire’s not only remodeled and added services at Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores in Monroe and West Monroe during the past year, but also added jobs and renovated the company’s distribution center in Monroe.

Brookshire’s was recognized for donating more than $75,000 to nonprofit groups such as: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; CASA of Northeast Louisiana; American Red Cross; Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Louisiana; Cancer Foundation League; Special Olympics; Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home; Twin City Firefighters Association; Kiwanis Club; Med Camps; and many schools and other charitable organizations.

Perhaps the biggest contribution, though, was the employee volunteer program that accrued more than 900 hours of service for the year.

Some of the groups or events benefiting from employees’ work included: PAWS Community Outreach; Northeast Louisiana Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-Off; Cooley House Foundation; MDA Muscle Walk; Northeast Louisiana Women’s Retreat; Crosley Elementary Read-A-Thon; Shoot For The Troops; Keep West Monroe Clean; Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast; and Santa Village, among many others.

Other examples of community contributions were: Spirit of Christmas Cheer Food Drive (Stores partnered with KTVE, Pepsi, Taco Bell and Frito-Lay to benefit the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana.); Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (More than a dozen employees helped set up, hand out refreshments and tear down after the race.); Camp Quality Telethon (A group helped at the telethon that raises money to give parents of children who have cancer a week of relief from their schedules.); and Schools/Training (Employees participated in pep rallies for LEAP tests and school reading programs, in addition to helping sponsor the Northeast Louisiana Career Fair, Delta Community College Career Fair and Dollars & Sense Reality Fair.)

This is certainly a solid list of accomplishments, and we congratulate our northeast Louisiana team for making Brookshire’s the Thomas H. Scott Award of Excellence winner.

Community Connections: Let’s remember those who are willing to take the heat!

Some friends of mine lost their barn in a fire last winter. Helping them clean up one Saturday, I was amazed at how the intense heat had melted large steel beams, as if they were plastic! Had our town’s volunteer fire department not responded so quickly, the blaze would’ve jumped to the house, and the family would have lost everything.
With dry conditions getting worse in many areas, that brings to mind a vital component of our communities—the selfless service of our local firefighters. I guess it’s one of those things we take for granted until it happens to a neighbor or us. What would we do without these men and women heeding the call at a moment’s notice—whether for a fire, car crash, illness or other emergency?
I think one of the best contributions our company makes each year is supporting first responders, including fire departments. We also sponsor the Firefighter Combat Challenge in Tyler in which firefighters from all over the U.S. gather to put their skills to the test. It’s a great way to better prepare them for emergencies, and it draws attention to the importance of having trained and equipped firefighters working among us.
As we move into the long hot months of summer, let’s remain extra careful. Let’s also support our dedicated firefighters who are willing to give us a hand when we need it most.

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