tED magazine recently introduced a new column that was created to bring you some positive news in today’s negative world. It’s called “The Good Stuff”, and today we’re highlighting more of the positive news we’ve received from our readers.
In this issue, we’re sharing a story from City Electric Supply’s office in Apex, North Carolina:
APEX, N.C. — When City Electric Supply Apex heard about the company’s recent partnership with Make-A-Wish®, the team at the branch was determined to do everything they could to help raise money for the national nonprofit. And they did. In just one month, the store successfully raised $6,000.
“I reached out to a ton of my friends in the industry — contractors, vendors, manufacturers, everybody. Make-A-Wish® is near and dear to my heart, and a lot of customers feel the same way, too,” said CES Branch Manager Qwon Reid.
How did they do it? Hard work and determination for a great cause, of course. And it doesn’t hurt that giving back is nothing new to this CES branch.
“Whenever my customers work with a charity, they reach out to me, and I reach out to others,” he said. “It just warms my heart to know that they care about the things that I care about. It shows that the relationships you build are about more than just selling electrical supplies.”
And the mission of Make-A-Wish® is especially important to the branch.
“Some of my customers have been affected or have had to deal with the Make-A-Wish® foundation personally. It just makes it that much more important to them when they see that they have an ally in CES,” Reid said. “Make-A-Wish® is important to me, and the team got behind it 100%,” he said. “We’re all wearing our buttons, talking to customers and promoting it at the counter. All of this is worth it because you know it’s making a big difference for the families who rely on Make-A-Wish®.”
The branch team was so busy raising money for Make-A-Wish®, they were surprised to find out that before they knew it, they’d raised $6,000 for the organization.
“We didn’t even realize it got that high!” Reid said. “It’s just an incredible feeling that customers, employees and friends are coming together for a common cause like Make-A-Wish®.”
For those hoping to join a mission in their local community, Qwon encourages them to simply go to bat for the foundation they’re supporting.
“Talk to people about how important it is to you and let them know how they can give back. You can’t be afraid to hear no. No is never the end of the story,” said Reid.
The recent partnership with Make-A-Wish® was made possible through CES Cares, the social impact division of CES. As a proud partner of Make-A-Wish®, CES supports its goal of granting life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses, even during COVID-19.
Make-A-Wish is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. It is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community of the U.S. and in 50 countries worldwide. With the help of volunteers, donors, staff and supporters, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 340,000 life-changing wishes and transformed countless lives.
CES Cares is committed to undertaking local, national, and international issues such as homelessness, hunger, child abuse, child illness, and disaster relief. In North Texas alone, where CES is headquartered, the company helps tackle homelessness and hunger through its work with The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center and the North Texas Food Bank. Additionally, the partnership with Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) allows CES to help children who have experienced abuse by giving support to them and non-offending family members. The company also works with Vogel Alcove to help families overcome the lasting, traumatic effects of child homelessness and Children’s Medical Center Dallas to support children fighting cancer and other severe illnesses. Nationally and internationally, the partnership between City Electric Supply and the American Red Cross allows the company to provide natural disaster relief and emergency assistance, and the CES partnership with UNICEF allows the company to help combat hunger around the world. Since its inception in 2016, CES Cares has made over $10 million in charitable donations.
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