We always knew the Straub extended family was a generous group, but we had no idea just how much until last week when we kicked off our first annual Straub Week of Giving. Employees, spouses, kids and many subcontractors participated in four different events, all reaching different areas of our community.
Tuesday evening, Straub continued a long-standing relationship with St. James Place and Bishop Sullivan Community Center by serving 320 meals to those in need. Straub employees also provided homemade desserts. It’s always a humble experience to help those less fortunate and a great reminder it’s better to give than receive. We are excited to continue our support of this great organization and its mission of helping others.
Wednesday evening, Straub provided and served a meal for families that have kids receiving care at Children’s Mercy Hospital in their Ronald McDonald Family room. Four of our families have had very recent experiences there with our kids and all of us are grateful to have such an outstanding facility in our community. The doctors and nurses there do an outstanding job for so many families going through some very difficult times.
All week at our job sites and at our office locations, we had a friendly competition to see who could collect the most food for the Salvation Army food pantry. Barrels were placed at strategic locations and brought back to the office at the end of the week. Thru our collective efforts, 2,200 items of food were collected!
Saturday morning was a special day as over 60 members of the Straub Family gathered at Shawnee Community Services to put together and distribute 300 Thanksgiving boxes for families in need. It was fun to work alongside so many of our kids and help them realize how blessed we all are. Straub has a long standing relationship with Shawnee Community Services which included building their current facility. We dedicate our efforts to Evelyn VanKemseke, who founded Shawnee Community Services over 33 years ago and passed away last Wednesday at age 87. Her example of selfless service to those in need is one we should all remember.
Ernie and Parker have always been great examples of living a generous life. It was wonderful to see that service reflected in the lives and families of those that are privileged to work at Straub Construction and experience how that can have such a broad impact on our community.