By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction, talking about the Straub Week of Giving
The week before Thanksgiving was a very busy week for Straub Construction, and not just because everyone was cooking feasts and preparing for relatives to come in town. It was busy because Straub employees were participating in our annual Straub Week of Giving. This is a week every year that we dedicate to giving back to our community. And we did that by supporting four charities.
St. James Place
On Tuesday, fifteen people, including employees and their families, volunteered to provide desserts and serve meals at St. James Place. St. James is operated by Bishop Sullivan Center. Straub Construction has a longstanding relationship with Bishop Sullivan Center, and we’re always eager to serve at St. James Place. On this night, Straub served almost 300 meals to some very hungry people. It’s always a rewarding and humbling experience to serve the hungry in our community.
Ronald McDonald Family Room at Children’s Mercy Hospital
On Wednesday night, nine Straub employees and their families took a meal down to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The Ronald McDonald Room provides meals for family members or friends of patients who are staying at the hospital. There were many children going through very difficult times. And we were excited to be able to provide a warm meal and smiles to their family and friends. We brought just enough food that night… and were able to provide meals for every floor of the hospital.
Shawnee Community Services
Saturday morning was a fun event where over forty members of the Straub Construction Family gathered at Shawnee Community Services to assemble and distribute Thanksgiving packages to families in need. Throughout the morning, our team assembled around 240 packages for the families who had signed up to receive them. In the afternoon, once the packages had been assembled, we distributed them to 221 families.
This was the third straight year that we’ve served at Shawnee Community Services. It’s always a fun event because it allows whole families to get involved and work side-by-side to help those in need. Straub Construction has a long-standing relationship with Shawnee Community Services, including building their current facility.
Bishop Sullivan Center
This year, we also continued our tradition of supporting “adopt a family” through the Bishop Sullivan Center. We were assigned a family in need of every day necessities like warm jackets, shoes, socks, etc. After we were given the list of names and ages for each family member, our Straub employees donated money in order to make their holiday wishes come true. We do this every year to provide for a less fortunate family in our community. It’s also a way of honoring the ethical leadership of Ernie, Parker, and Dan.
This was another wonderful Week of Giving. Straub Construction did good things for the less fortunate in our community. But if you ask any of those who volunteered, they would tell you that they got as much out of it as they gave. Thank you to everyone who made this week of giving possible.