Columbian Donates Food to Children in Need

Have you heard of the organization Hand2Hand yet? This organization is doing amazing things for children in our community. Hand2Hand is a nonprofit founded in West Michigan that delivers hope to hungry children by mobilizing communities to provide nutritious food over the weekend to kids.

We have been looking for opportunities to give back to our community this quarter. So after being referred to this amazing organization, Columbian held a Hand2Hand food drive at our corporate location in Grandville, Michigan.

Other local companies participated in our food drive, such as Action Packaging, Bosch Killman VanderWal PC, and Williamson Employment Services. With the combined effort from Columbian and other local companies, Columbian was able to donate thousands of individual food items to the organization. The items collected will supplement food that goes home with children over the weekend provided by hand2hand partners.

“Being food logistics experts, this cause really stood out to us.” said Julie Oosterink, Payroll & Benefits Specialist / Coordinator of this community event, Columbian Logistics Network. “Columbian employees enjoy giving back, especially to the local community. It is important to employees that we are good members of the community and that we share our time and treasure with others.”

The food that we collected for Hand2Hand will be used at their H.O.P.E. Gathering Event in Caledonia. If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP here.

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Columbian Logistics Wears Red To Promote Heart Health

Columbian Logistics Network Wear Red Day 2016

Columbian Logistics Network Employees Wear Red to promote Heart Health !

On February 5th, Columbian Logistics Network employees participated in the American Heart Association (AHA) ‘Wear Red Day’, an event to raise awareness and funds to fight women’s heart disease. Columbian Logistics employees at all locations, including Columbian Distribution Services, Kentwood Campus, Grand Rapids DC, and Grandville DC, sported red to help support the cause, part of a month long program to promote Heart Health.

According the the AHA, almost 34% of American women die from heart disease. ‘Wear Red Day’ is an effort to call attention to and educate people about the disease. The AHA provides resources to help make the changes in diet, activity and lifestyle to live a heart healthy life.

For more information about the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women initiative, click here:

For more information about the American Heart Association and it’s efforts to fight heart disease and stroke, click here:

Toys For Tots Charity Partner

Toys for Tots - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Columbian Logistics Network will support the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve’s Toys For Tots program this holiday season. The goal of the program is “to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive patriotic citizens.”

Employees, partners and vendors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donation boxes at 5 of it’s facilities, including it’s Kentwood Campus, Grand Rapids, Grandville DC’s and Central Distribution.

If you would like to donate to the Toys for Tots program, please click here.