'Tis The Season to Celebrate!

on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in Company News

'Tis the season for joy, laughter and fun activities for TMC employees to participate in.

We kicked off October with a month-long National Employee Ownership Month celebration. The TMC ESOP Communication Committee held various contests that highlighted the four steps to becoming an employee-owner: eligibility, vesting, growth and distribution. It was also an opportunity to educate and show appreciation to our owners and how that translates into personal success.

This year’s annual TMC Halloween Costume Contest was full of creativity, and costumes ranged from cartoon characters to street signs. Contestants dressed up and 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 Operations, along with Josh Perry of Safety who dressed up as the ‘Ninja Turtles’.

First place winners, the ‘Ninja Turtles’

With the holiday season upon us, we can never thank each TMC employee enough for all the dedication, loyalty and hard work that has made our company what it is today. Because of this, we find it so important to give back to those less fortunate this time of year. This year we had a new holiday activity, which we called “Operation Boxes of Joy”. This company-wide charity effort consisted of 13 teams, and over the course of two weeks, each team filled shoeboxes and other containers with non-perishable gifts such as toys, school supplies and hygiene products. Each box represents a little bit of love and joy, and would be 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, and “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. Also, 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!

As the final month of the year came upon us, so did our 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 has set up a Christmas tree, but instead of decorating it with lights and ornaments, employees are decking it out with hats, mittens, scarves and other cozy items. At the end of December, all items will be donated to local shelters and schools for children in need this winter.

Of course, Christmas would not be complete without a visit from Santa himself. On Dec. 12, the man in the red suit and his handy elves paid a visit to our headquarters in Des Moines. Santa took photos with TMC employees’ children, and everyone enjoyed some milk and cookies and fun activities. 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, Matt Szalay, Justin Stephens, Steve Crabb and Kyle Bailey as elves.

Santa and his elves were smitten with our shiny black and chrome trucks!

Last week 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 as he delivered “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. Click the photo below to see it!

From all of your friends at TMC, have a safe and happy holiday!