As Steinhafels and Fox 6 get ready for a new era of ‘Coats For Kids’… we look back on one of our most inspiring stories from last year.
We all love Vince Condella, but now that he’s retired, Meteorologist Tom Wachs is taking over!! Tom and some dedicated volunteers will be at our Corporate Store in Waukesha on Wednesday, December 7, collecting your donations from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The first 200 people to come through the drive-thru donation line, and donate at least four (4) coats, will get one (1) pair of ticket vouchers to see the Harlem Globetrotters on New Year’s Eve (while supplies last).
No need to park or get out of your car – just drive on up. It’s quick and easy, and most importantly, you’ll be helping kids right here in southeastern Wisconsin.
Now, let’s take a look back on our Coats for Kids Blog from last year… about a woman who truly took her donation to the next level!!
Yvonne’s Story (First Published 12/23/15)
‘Condella’s Coats for Kids‘ is a passion project that Steinhafels has been proud to support over the years. The program is a community-wide effort to collect new and gently used coats for children in Milwaukee’s inner city.
Steinhafels has always been committed to community, so it was a no brainer to team up with Fox 6’s Vince Condella to help bring this project to a new audience. Each year the Salvation Army, Fox 6, and several other local businesses work tirelessly to make sure Coats for Kids is a success.
However, none of it would be possible without the fine people of Southeastern Wisconsin. Hundreds of coats are collected every year–from Fox 6 viewers, to Steinhafels customers, and anyone else who is looking for a way to give back. Every year it’s humbling to see the generosity overflowing, just like the bins holding the coats!
One of those generous people is Fox 6 viewer Yvonne Ondrejicka. She wrote Vince Condella an inspiring letter. We’d like to share a few excerpts of it with you to help you get in the holiday spirit!
Yvonne writes, “I just wanted to tell you about a wonderful event that my law firm, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. runs every year for employees. It is called ‘Whyte Lights’ and each employee receives $100.00 in cash to ‘pay it forward’ in any way the employee pleases.”
Paul Eberle is the Chief Executive of WHD, where the Whyte Lights Program is in its 4th year. He explains, “Simply put, it was the right thing to do. Good companies invest in their employees as well as in the communities they serve. They reinvest profits to support many of the underfunded nonprofits that provide the last safety net to the poorest among us. They donate employee time and talent to improve our schools, support our arts groups, and sustain critical civic organizations. By giving employees the opportunity to do something good with $100, Whyte Lights allows each of them to make good corporate citizenship something very personal.”
Yvonne goes on to write how she has always donated to Coats for Kids, but was disappointed this year because her daughters are grown, so she doesn’t have any extra coats. That’s when she had the bright idea to use her Whyte Lights money!
She says, “The next evening I went to 3 different Goodwill stores in my area (Waukesha). I took my time at each one and found wonderful winter coats and vests in every kid size imaginable. After the third store, I counted how many coats/vests I was able to purchase with $100.00 and I had over 20 items! … Last evening I went to the Steinhafels Superstore in Waukesha and brought in all 7 bags of coats. People looked at me kind of strangely and asked if I brought all those bags. I then told them the story of how they got there. People were just astonished at the whole idea of an employer giving each employee money to ‘pay it forward’, and what a great idea it was to do this.”
Eberle was thrilled to hear about Yvonne’s use of her $100. When asked about it how it makes him feel, he says, “In a word, awesome! Purchasing coats from Goodwill to help keep children warm this winter, while simultaneously benefiting the nonprofit, which provides training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities or disadvantages seeking greater independence, was a wonderful way to spend $100. Yvonne rocks.”
We are so happy Yvonne shared her story with Vince, and with us. What a great way to take a little initiative, and turn it into a thoughtful and meaningful gift this holiday season.
If you have a story like Yvonne’s, let us know! Feel free to leave a brief comment and/or contact info in the Comments section of the blog.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!!!