Thrifty's headquarters have been in Durham, North Carolina since 1993, so when it comes to our community, we feel very strongly about giving back!
"Over the Edge" is a very unique event hosted by Special Olympics North Carolina. Participants that raise at least $1,000 are invited to rappel down the side of Wells Fargo's 30-story Capitol Center building in downtown Raleigh. Our President and Owner, Joel Gillis volunteered to go "Over the Edge" for the 2015 event.
We raised $1,045 for Special Olympics North Carolina, all of which went straight to funding their mission! However, the event was rained out due to Hurricane Joaquin. Nevertheless, a huge success! We're blessed to be able to help such a great organization. Thank you so much to all that contributed.
After attending an amazing fundraising breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, we decided to participate in two programs: the Red Shoe Society and the Pop Tab Collection Program.
Members of the Red Shoe Society make an annual commitment of at least $120, and contributions go to ensuring the families of seriously ill children have a place to stay that’s very close to the hospital.
The Ronald McDonald Pop Tab Collection Program collects the pop tabs from aluminum cans, and takes them to a local recycling center where the tabs are converted into cash. The money that is received from the tabs helps fund the Ronald McDonald House as well as the “Family Emergency Fund” to assist their guests with unexpected expenses such as groceries, personal hygiene items, clothing, and even car seats for infants.
As part of the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, we sponsored 20 angels from Durham, Orange, and Pearson counties. Each year, the Durham Salvation Army serves more than 2,000 children through these programs, and we wanted to be a part of that impact. From bikes to clothes to Legos, we received a ton of gifts from our employees for these children! Below is some of our staff posing with the whole lot of toys purchased for our angels this year.
Thrifty supports the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (CENC) in a number of ways: we're a social media ambassador for the Food Bank, we lend out our trucks and delivery drivers whenever a large food drive calls for extra help, and our team members take time our of their weekends to get together and volunteer at the Durham branch. The Food Bank CENC mission is: No One Goes Hungry in Central and Eastern North Carolina. They provide food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in NC. If you're interested in the Food Bank's cause, find out how you can help!
Thrifty has been a consistent donor to the Durham Rescue Mission since 2011. The Durham Rescue Mission is a faith-based non-profit organization and shelter providing assistance to the homeless, addicted men, women and children of the greater Triangle area. If you want to lend a hand to this cause - discover all the way you can help.
Thrifty is a yearly sponsor of the Durham Senior Amateur Golf Championship, since 2010. Each year, Croasdaile Country Club in Durham, NC hosts one of the largest Senior Amateur Golf Championships in the USA. Senior golfers from around the country come to Durham to compete, and Thrifty is proud to sponsor one of the 18 holes!