2021 Holiday Season at TMC
2021 Holiday Season at TMC
At TMC, the holiday season brings lots of cheer to our drivers out on the road and to our employees across the country. We hosted many events to bring joy to our offices and give back to our TMC communities nationwide.
Here’s a look at how we spent the last few months of 2021.
On Fridays, we wear pink! Throughout the whole month of October, we encouraged our employees to wear pink each Friday and donate to organizations that help fund breast cancer research and support patients. While we only highlight awareness for one month, breast cancer affects countless women and families year-round, including some of our families here at TMC.
Special Olympics Convoy
TMC Transportation took part in the Special Olympics Iowa Truck Convoy once again. The Convoy is a one-day celebration where the trucking industry, allied partners, and law enforcement work together to help raise money for the Special Olympics.
The event began on Veterans Parkway and traveled 20 miles by police escort to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Drivers who participated were recognized with awards at the Farm Bureau Shelter. TMC is proud to provide continued support to an organization like Special Olympics Iowa.
No Shave November
At the beginning of November, we asked TMC employees to send us a ‘before’ photo of them ahead of a month of no shaving. We later all voted on who had the most impressive results! This activity was meant to help bring special attention to cancer awareness. We encouraged our employees to put their razors down and consider donating the funds they would usually spend on shaving and help cancer research. Although the vote got a little ‘hairy,’ William Fritz’ Mays, a Logistics Sales Representative in South Carolina won this year’s top beard.
Virtual Red Kettle Event
Wrapping up the year, we had a focus on the importance of giving back. To start our holiday activities, we ran a month-long fundraiser in partnership with the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is known for its red kettle donation spots outside grocery stores and other spots across the county. But we ran a virtual fundraiser, where all employees could donate to a ‘red kettle’ online and select which state they’d like their funds to benefit. This gave even our drivers the chance to donate to their local communities from out on the road. With a few days left in the year, we have raised nearly $1,500!
Meals from the Heartland
TMC Des Moines continued its tradition of giving back to the community by volunteering at Meals from the Heartland. Every volunteer hour given, dollar donated, and meal packaged helps break the chain of hunger and saves lives. This year, we were able to package 8,600 meals for those in need! On average, volunteers package two boxes per volunteer; TMC was able to do three boxes per volunteer.
Food and Toy Drive
We had an exciting week of giving back in December. TMC locations across the country hosted food, toy, and clothing drives bringing in thousands of items for those in need.
In Des Moines, nearly 500 items were donated to the Food Bank of Iowa. Our Brownsburg, Indiana facilities donated one and a half pallets of food and hygiene products. Employees there also collected monetary donations to purchase products in high need of the shelter.
Bentonville, Arkansas employees made a generous donation to the NWA Food Bank and Samaritan Care. Along with a large food and clothing drive in Columbia, South Carolina collecting 478 items for the Hannah House, a shelter for abused women and children.
Our Charlotte Home Depot employees carried on their tradition of a food and toy drive for their community. They collected items benefiting the Center of Hope, a women’s and children’s shelter, and the Harvest Food Bank. The Chicago, Illinois office collected many food items for both the Lazarus House and Batavia Food Pantry.
Santa’s Annual TMC Stop
The tradition of Santa Claus making a visit to TMC continued in 2021! A few of our TMC families stopped by to say hello to Santa, make a craft, and enjoy some milk & cookies.
Lastly, our annual “Ugly Christmas Sweater” day was held again this year. Employees broke out their most hideous holiday sweaters to adorn the offices with cheer. We also gave employees the chance to decorate their desks for the holiday. The winner walked away with a $50 gift card and brought holiday cheer to their office. Kyle VanWyngarden from IT in Des Moines pulled out all the stops and took home top prize.
At TMC, family remains important, especially during the holiday season. We pride ourselves on getting our drivers home every weekend – guaranteed on Thanksgiving and Christmas! We hope our TMC family of drivers and staff had a very merry Christmas and wish them a very happy New Year.