Honoring Vietnam Veterans, Holiday Employee Parties, and Giving Back
TMC employees engaged in joy, laughter, and fun activities this holiday season! We kicked off October with a month-long National Employee Ownership Month celebration. TMC's Communication Committee for ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Program) held various contests that highlighted the four steps to becoming an employee-owner: eligibility, vesting, growth, and distribution (read more about being an employee-owner here). This celebration was also an opportunity to educate our owners on how stock ownership plans translate into personal success when our flatbed trucking company succeeds.
October ended with this year’s annual TMC Halloween Costume Contest. The contest was full of creativity; costumes ranged from cartoon characters to street signs. Contestants were voted on by their peers, and the three best costumes took home a cash prize! Taking the top spot this year was the group effort of Curt Blunk, Trevor Bird, and Lukas Rold of TMC Operations, along with Josh Perry of Safety who dressed up as the ‘Ninja Turtles’.
First place winners, the ‘Ninja Turtles’
With the holiday season quickly approaching, we wanted to give back to those less fortunate this time of year. This year we had a new holiday activity, called “Operation Boxes of Joy”. This company-wide charity effort consisted of 13 teams, of whom over the course of two weeks filled shoeboxes and other containers with non-perishable gifts such as toys, school supplies, and hygiene products. Each box of love and joy was shipped all over the world to children in need, who otherwise may not receive anything this holiday season. Just before Thanksgiving, boxes were counted and points were tallied. “Team Fruitcakes,” otherwise known as the Ankeny Training and Recruiting Facility, Shops, and Century Truck & Body Shop, prevailed as the 2015 “Operation Boxes of Joy” champions. In total, TMC filled 329 boxes!
As a military-friendly company, each year we send care packages and holiday wishes to our service members and any TMC family members currently on active duty, stateside, or deployed.
Thanksgiving would not be complete without a Thanksgiving meal - TMC style! The Chrome Café in Des Moines and the café at our Ankeny Training and Recruiting Facility served free Thanksgiving lunch to employees and drivers on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
The hardworking Chrome Café staff served turkey while dressed as turkeys!
December held TMC Transportation's biggest holiday giving event. This year we held two raffles to collect monetary donations that went to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Joplin Children’s Haven. Employees had the opportunity to win a variety of ‘Holiday Home Time’ and ‘Holiday Shopping Spree’ prizes, but the real winners were the kids! In all, TMC employees raised over $6,920 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Joplin Children’s Haven.
Additionally, each location set up a Christmas tree. Employees were decking it out with hats, mittens, scarves, and other cozy items. At the end of December, all items were donated to local shelters and schools for children in need this Winter.
Christmas would not be complete without a visit from Santa himself. On December 12, the man in the red suit and his handy elves paid a visit to our headquarters in Des Moines. Santa took photos with children of TMC's employees, and everyone enjoyed some milk and cookies while interacting with fun activities (learn more about TMC's foundation on family!). A HUGE thank you goes out to our amazing drivers who got in the holiday spirit to play Santa and his jolly elves: Matt Daniels (as Santa), and Matt Szalay, Justin Stephens, Steve Crabb, and Kyle Bailey as elves.
Santa and his elves were smitten with our shiny black and chrome trucks!
We put a heartfelt close to 2015 with the release of our annual TMC Christmas card. This year, our card featured tenured TMC driver David Wheeler. David had the incredible honor of delivering “The Wall That Heals,” a half-scale mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for a ceremony honoring Vietnam Veterans. David himself is a Military Veteran, having served two tours in Vietnam.