Can you believe we are in midst of the Holiday season? And Christmas is all about giving and receiving gifts to your loved ones and maybe even strangers. Let me tell you about Knit-Rite and how we give back.
Most of you know Knit-Rite as a manufacturing company for quality medical textiles. And that’s true. However, the company is not just focused on making prosthetic socks and compression products. We also value service, which for us includes giving back to our communities. But, we don’t just say it; we live it every day. As an important principle to our company and its employees, we as a company serve our surrounding communities in a number of ways.
Down the street from the Knit-Rite building in Kansas City, Kansas is a community outreach organization called Cross Lines. Cross Lines operates a food kitchen to help fill one of the most basic of needs – a warm meal. We, as Knit-Rite employees, volunteer to work at Cross Lines preparing and serving food to those in need. In just one lunch time meal, we may cook and serve 150 meals to hungry Kansas City families. It is a rewarding and memorable experience that we love and cherish.
During the summer, our employees volunteer to serve meals at a barbecue fundraiser raising money to help Cross Lines in their efforts to feed the hungry throughout the year.
During the Holiday seasons, we work on our annual Give ‘Rite Back Giving Campaign. Participating in various company events, our employees raise money which is donated to the Cross Lines Christmas Store, allowing needy families to receive clothes, coats, household items and children’s toys for Christmas. On top of that, our employees donate their time to work at the Christmas store.
Our Give ‘Rite Back campaign extends to our Hamlet, North Carolina location as well. In Hamlet, our employees raise money for Our Daily Bread, a food pantry near our plant.
We are part of these communities, and as part, it is important to us all help meet these basic needs of our neighbors. Our world today is full of hardship, chaos and hate. But, we know that extending kindness, compassion and generosity to our neighbors goes a long way to making our community and our world a little bit better place.
As the holidays approach, think what inspires you to give back and then act on it. It could be as simple as dropping a few coins into a Salvation Army pot.
Give back and be kind.