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Passion AND Logistics: BlueGrace Collects Over 60,000 Pounds of Food for Homeless Animals

Each year, BlueGrace female (Team Cats) and male (Team Dogs) employees compete against each other to see who can collect the most amount of pet food in total pounds. The food is then donated to a no-kill shelter to feed homeless animals in the community and used for pet owner assistance programs that benefit homebound and elderly residents on a fixed income. This year, the employees of BlueGrace collected over 60,000 pounds of food between Tampa & Chicago – reaching a new record for the contest on a location-wide scale.

BlueGrace’s “Cats Vs. Dogs” Pet Food Drive Sets Company’s Location-Wide Record in 2018

Click Below To Watch The Official BlueGrace “Cats Vs Dogs 2018” Video!

Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Employees at BlueGrace Headquarters in Tampa were able to collect over 31,000 pounds of pet food to donate to Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Lon Savini, Shelter Operations Manager, gives us a breakdown of how impactful the donation is to supporting all of the services the shelter provides to the community:


Animeals Delivery Program:

  • Current monthly average spend on cat & dog food: $4,000
  • Delivered to over 170 recipients one Saturday each month

Donation Impact:

  • Will not need to buy large bags of dog food for at least 2 months
  • Will not need to buy large bags of cat food for a at least 1 month
  • Cost Savings: roughly $6,000

Food Assistance Program:

  • Current monthly average spend on cat & dog food: $2,100
  • Food is broken down into smaller bags and handed out to the public in need of assistance to feed their pets

Donation Impact:

  • Will not need to buy food for the remainder of the year
  • Cost Savings: roughly $16,800

Shelter Operations:

  • Current monthly average spend on cat & dog food: $2,350
  • Used to feed animals living at the shelter throughout the year

Donation Impact:

  • Will not need to buy large bags of dog food for at least 4 months
  • Will not need to buy large bags of cat food for a at least 1 month
  • Cost Savings: roughly $6,500

Since inception of the ‘Cats vs Dogs’ pet food drive in 2010, BlueGrace has now donated over 206,000 pounds of pet food to Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Since inception of the ‘Cats vs Dogs’ pet food drive in 2010, BlueGrace has now donated over 206,000 pounds of pet food to Humane Society of Tampa Bay. The drive culminates each year with an adoption event at BlueGrace headquarters in Tampa, where 8-10 dogs and cats are brought in by the shelter and employees have the opportunity to take a new family member home. Almost all of the animals were adopted and welcomed home to their new BlueGrace families this year!

Team Cats Reclaim Their Title as Reigning Champions!

The competition is fierce each year – from catchy team names (“Check Meowt” & “Woof Pack”) to secret meetings in the restrooms, it’s a good old fashioned battle of the sexes for the entire duration of the drive. BlueGrace employees are not shy about their love for competition, some would argue that drive’s success has a large part to do with the fun of competing against each other. Team Cats had been the reigning champions EVERY year… until just last year. Team Dogs finally defeated the ladies in 2017 and claimed their crown – and they didn’t think twice about rubbing it in.

But not for long. Team Cats took the W this year and regained their title as THE champions…. and to Team Dogs they say – “Who’s cryin’ meow?”

While the competition aspect of the drive is fun for employees, the ultimate goal is to provide as much food as possible for homeless animals in the community. It’s an effort we are completely dedicated to and every year try to find ways to improve the drive.

“It’s amazing to see my coworkers come together in such a big way. It’s a lot of hard work for everyone involved, we donate our own money, use our own contacts, and organize our own fundraisers.” explains Courtney Smith –  Manager, Culture & Engagement for BlueGrace. “it’s truly a genuine representation of who we are as a company and a culture.

Be Caring of ALL Others Includes Animals

With the amount of growth BlueGrace has experienced over the last few years, the contest extended to other regional locations. This resulted in a major win by our Chicago team for animals at the Animal Rescue Foundation of Illinois this year, where BlueGrace employees collected over 32,000 pounds of food. One employee even secured the largest part of the donation, 30,000 lbs., by himself.

“What one office collected as an entity, one employee collected by himself – this is just beyond epic. We just think it’s really awesome that Scott [Collack] reached out and made this opportunity happen – these animals are truly cared about, we’ve got some really great people with some really big hearts in this company” Bobby Harris – CEO of BlueGrace, on Chicago employee Scott Collack securing the 30k donation.

Putting the Passion in Logistics

Core Value #1 is Be Caring of ALL Others at BlueGrace and is probably our most called upon value. It’s essential to our hiring process, the success of our business and the energy of our culture that our employees have some sort of empathetic trait. We work best with those who have compassion for others and truly show it.

“I started in 2011 and I’ve been able to see how much heart and teamwork goes into this every year. We truly live and breathe our core values here, and I think it’s because they were strategically created to align with the environment our team thrives in” says Whitney McKay – Manager of Marketing & Brand for BlueGrace. “There’s a special place in our hearts for animals, so we choose to do something about it by making it part of our culture. At the end of the day, we believe in their mission to end animal homelessness and really try to educate our team to help spread awareness.”

It’s YAPPY Hour, Not Happy Hour

One of the biggest contributing factors to the success of the drive in Tampa was the involvement of the community.

There are two things we can always count on for a big turnout when planning a fundraising event; One: people love animals. Two: people love happy hour.

This year our goal was to get as many people and organizations as possible involved in the Tampa community, and we knew exactly how to bring everyone together. There are two things we can always count on for a big turnout when planning a fundraising event; One: people love animals. Two: people love happy hour.

Hosted by Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, BlueGrace, Humane Society of Tampa Bay and Tampa Tails, the 2018 “Yappy Hour” fundraising event was wildly successful – raising over $4,000. Silent auction prizes were donated by top local companies like the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida Aquarium, Tampa Bay Rays and many more. Several businesses and organizations donated resources such as pet food, money, transportation services, raffle prizes and much more to make the final drive donation totals possible:

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Stepp’s Towing, Amity Benefits, XPO, Ward Trucking, Dayton Freight, Sunlife, Atlantic Screening, Spaddy’s Coffee, Chewy, Central Pet Distribution, Warburg Pincus, Cigna Health, World of Beer, MOSIClearwater Aquarium, Florida Aquarium, Outback Steakhouse, PDQ, Miller’s Ale House, Crossfit BNI, Orange Theory Fitness, Metropolitan Ministries, Chipotle, Columbia Restaurant, Southern Muscle, Crunch Fitness, Fitness for $10, Top GolfCamp Gladiator, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays, AMC Theaters, Kraftologee, Mission BBQ, New Belgium, Canine Cabana, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Tampa Tails.

About BlueGrace

Founded in 2009, BlueGrace Logistics is one of the largest third-party logistics (3PL) providers in the United States.  With over 500 employees and working with over 10,000 customers to provide successful shipping solutions, the company has achieved explosive growth in its nearly 10-year operating history. Backed by a $255 million investment by private equity firm Warburg Pincus, the company operates 11 locations nationwide, and its headquarters are in the sunny Tampa Bay area of Florida.

 

5th Annual Cats vs. Dogs Contest

BlueGrace Logistics holds Fifth Annual Cats vs. Dogs Pet Food Drive Benefiting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay


2015_COMMUNITY_CATSVSDOGS 2RIVERVIEW, Fla. – September 10, 2015: Each year BlueGrace holds their official “Cats vs. Dogs” contest amongst its employees. The contest is a pet food drive in which the women compete against the men to collect the most pet food in pounds. The food is then donated to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay to care for the animals in the no-kill shelter.

In 2014, BlueGrace donated more than 44,000 pounds of pet food which was enough to feed the animals for almost an entire year. Since the contest’s inception in 2010, BlueGrace has donated over 80,000 pounds of pet food to Humane Society Tampa Bay. Each year, BlueGrace plans to surpass last year’s amount. Employees come together to donate pet food, as well as leverage contacts to purchase large amounts of food. The contest will run through the middle of October.

BlueGrace Logistics takes pride in giving back to the community through our “Giving Grace” Program created by our President and CEO, Bobby Harris. Our Giving Grace charity of choice is the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and we support the organization in many ways throughout the year. Most recently, BlueGrace employees volunteered for Humane Society Tampa Bay during Creative Loafing’s BeerFest event at MOSI. A percentage of the event’s proceeds went to support the animal shelter.

Want to contribute to the 2015 Cats vs. Dogs Competition and Pet Food Drive? 

The public is invited to participate in the Cats vs. Dogs contest. For information or to donate large amounts (such as a pallet of pet food) contact BlueGrace Logistics at community@mybluegrace.comPlease be sure to specify if you’d like to contribute to the “TeamCats” (girls) or “TeamDogs,” (guys) if applicable. 

BlueGrace Logistics Donates 44 Thousand Pounds of Pet Food to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Final group picOur annual “Cats vs. Dogs” Competition Pet Food Drive came to a close on Friday, February 28. This year, BlueGrace raised 44 thousand pounds of pet food – more than twice the amount we collected in 2013! This was undoubtedly one of the largest pet food drives in the country!

The donated pet food will not only go to feed the animals that call the Humane Society of Tampa Bay home, but will also go toward their food assistance programs “Casper’s Cupboard” and “Animeals.”

A number of businesses and organizations donated necessary resources such as pet food, money, transportation services and much more to make this incredible donation possible. We’d like to thank AAA Cooper, FedEx Freight, Rodney Naughton and Joe Peckham of Phillips Pet Food & Supplies, Plant City Fla., Family Feed, Plant City Fla., Kay Brown of Hi-Tek Rations Inc, Dublin, Ga., Feeding America Tampa Bay, Taiga, Riverview, Fla., Reed TMS Logistics, Del Monte, Health Mut, Tamlin Homes, BluePearl Veterinary Partners and Knights Station Feed Depot.

We’re already strategizing how we are going to beat this record next year!

 

BlueGrace Logistics Set to Collect 35,000 Pounds of Pet Food to be Donated to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay

BlueGrace Logistics will hold its 4th Annual Cats vs. Dogs Competition on Friday, February 28th. The Cat’s (Ladies) and Dog’s (Men) employees of BlueGrace, will compete against each other to see who can donate the most food to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay by Friday at 12pm. The efforts of BlueGrace Logistics are expected to raise approximately 35,000 pounds of pet food; surpassing the 20-thousand pounds raised in 2013 which cared for their animals for nearly 6 months. The Cats vs. Dogs competition is said to be one of the largest pet food drives in the United States.

Through this pet food drive, BlueGrace will literally be saving pets from going to shelters or starving because their owners can’t afford to feed them. The pet food donated will not only go to feed the animals that call the Humane Society of Tampa Bay home, but will also go toward their food assistance programs Casper’s Cupboard and Animeals.

Casper’s Cupboard help hundreds of families keep their pets when they’re going through financial hardship by allowing citizens to come to the shelter Tuesday-Sunday to pick up pet food for their animals at no cost.

The Animeals program partners with Meals on Wheels of Tampa to deliver free pet food once a month to homebound and elderly residents on a fixed income in Hillsborough County. In 2013, 310,530 pounds of free pet food were delivered to homebound residents to help feed their pets and allow them to keep their furry friends.

This video gives a glimpse into the Animeals program.

FOX 13 News

With your help, BlueGrace could reach or even exceed our goals to help feed the animals of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Donations toward the competition will be accepted until 9 a.m. on Friday the 28th! For more information call 800.MY.SHIPPING.

Media is invited to cover the donation at 2846 S. Falkenburg Rd., Riverview, FL 33578 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from BlueGrace Logistics and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will be available for interviews.

BlueGrace Logistics’ Employees Volunteer for Humane Society of Tampa Bay at 2014 Gasparilla Pirate Fest

BlueGrace Logistics proudly supports the Humane Society of Tampa Bay through our Giving Grace Program. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is one of only eight charities who were invited to take part in this year’s Gasparilla Pirate Fest. The organization will be manning a beer garden in Curtis Hixon Park, raising funds to support the shelter. BlueGrace Logistics’ employees will be on-hand to assist in working the tent.

BlueGrace Logistics supports the Humane Society of Tampa Bay throughout the year. The company is gearing up for our annual Cats vs. Dogs pet food drive to kick off in February. In 2013, BlueGrace collected more than 26,000 pounds of pet food which was donated to care for the animals in the shelter.

More to come!

BlueGrace Logistics & Metropolitan Ministries gear up for back-to-school season through Backpacks of Hope!

Can you hear those school bells ringing? As BlueGrace employees begin to prepare their own children for back-to-school, we’re also thinking about all the children in the Tampa Bay community and the folks at Metropolitan Ministries. Metropolitan Ministries is partnering with local school districts and organizations, including YMCA of Brandon to gather and distribute important school supplies to less fortunate children throughout Hillsborough County. Each year, Backpacks of Hope makes a difference in the lives of those in the Tampa Bay community, getting children excited about the new school year and into the learning spirit!

BlueGrace Logistic & Metropolitan Ministries gears up for back-to-school season through Backpacks of Hope!
Employees at BlueGrace Logistics pitch in to support Metropolitan Ministries and Backpacks of Hope for children this Back-to-School season.

Content to Collect:

  • New Backpack (teens and children)
  • 3 Ring Binder (1-1.5”)
  • Copy Paper
  • Thumb Drive
  • Calculator
  • College Rule Paper
  • Eraser (block)
  • 12” Ruler
  • Composition Notebook
  • 10 Pack of Pencils
  • Highlighter
  • Pencil Case
  • Colored Pencils
  • 3 Subject Spiral Notebook
  • Children’s Scissors

We’ve got a fun bunch here at BlueGrace Logistics, so we’re taking it a step further and on Friday, Aug. 3 The team is dressing up as nerds (Look out for pictures on the BlueGrace Facebook Page!) That’s right, get out the suspenders, plastic frame glasses with tape, and rolled up pants – BlueGrace Logistics is going to back-to-school in style!

It’s always important to have team building events to get departments mingling and add something new to your day-to-day business operations. Is your company helping out a local charity this back-to-school season? Share your story with us here, on Facebook, Twitter or wherever you are! BlueGrace Logistics strongly believes community involvement benefits our employees and overall morale, check out this article to see what we mean.

If you’d like to contribute or learn more about Metropolitan Ministries, please visit their website at: http://www.metromin.org/. To learn more about BlueGrace Logistics, visit www.mybluegrace.com, email us, or call 800.MY.SHIPPING. We’d love to hear from YOU!

BlueGrace Logistics Sponsors Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s 2012 “Tuxes & Tails” Event

The BlueGrace team poses for a group photo by Super Booch Party Portraits.
BlueGrace Logistics enjoyed a night out for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's "Tuxes & Tails" event!

Celebrating 100 years of saving lives, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) hosted its 10th Annual Tuxes & Tails event at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL on Saturday, May 5, 2012. As a proud sponsor of this event, the BlueGrace Logistics team went out to support the cause and experience this heart-warming, black-tie affair. Attendees celebrated the night with live music, cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions and a fashion show. The community’s heart was touched by the incredible stories shared about animals in search of a loving family and successful adoptions such as the friendship of Rocky and soon-to-be 3 year old Mirielle. The event was a huge success! HSTB announced that more than $265,000 was raised, saving the lives of approximately 1,000 animals. Check out the pictures of the Tuxes & Tail on the BlueGrace Facebook page and HSTB.

Congratulations to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, staff and volunteers! Your hearts and efforts are greatly appreciated by companies like BlueGrace Logistics and others in the Tampa Bay community.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is BlueGrace Logistics’ charity of choice. The HSTB staff visit the corporate office periodically to conduct orientations and provide information about how employees can get involved. Our 2nd Annual Cats vs. Dogs (females vs males) pet food drive raised over 6,700 lbs of food for the organization. BlueGrace Logistics’ CEO and President, Bobby Harris, commented on the contest contributions by saying, “I get asked often as to what defines success, and many times people are seeking a dollar number. I can promise you it’s not dollars that make us successful but rather the things we do for others… The motto ‘People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care’ is at work here alongside each of us.”

If you would like to learn more about how you can lend a hand to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, please visit their website or contact one of their team members to get involved in events, giving, and volunteer opportunities. HSTB also offers an affordable spay/neuter and wellness clinic to keep your furry friends happy and healthy.

Meow, Woof!

-Samantha Hill, Community Manager
Twitter: @SamHill_BG

‘Tis the Season for Giving!

This week at BlueGrace, we’re jumping into the holiday spirit! Our Culture and Community Team is collecting donations from all of the staff in an effort to raise funds for purchasing gifts for the families at Metropolitan Ministries. Employees receive a raffle ticket in exchange for every $5 donation which offers them the chance to win a variety of spectacular prizes including:

▪1 Full day of PTO
▪1 Half day of PTO
▪Movie night gift set
▪Cheesecake Factory gift card
▪Liquor gift set
▪Dessert Indulgence gift set

If you plan to visit us this week, please bring a toy or stocking stuffer for Metropolitan Ministries. Check out the items on their “Bags of Joy” wish list.

Friday is looking “festivous” as the team competes in an ugly sweater contest, gathers around the table for a feast, and enjoys eggnog and apple cider!

What is your family or company doing for the holidays? We would love to hear!

Safe travels and Happy Holidays from your friends at BlueGrace!

BlueGrace Participates in “Boxes of Hope” for Metropolitan Ministries

BlueGrace Logistics is participating in the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Drive this year. We are collecting “Boxes of Hope” for families in need during the holidays. Employees and guests can drop off items in the blue bin located at the front of the office. We challenge our group to collect for 20, 50, or 100 boxes and bags for the families we will serve this year.

We won’t be able to serve all 25,000 families in need… but each of our families can feed one family.

Inside a Box of Hope: Due Friday November 18

  • Turkey or gift certificatesBoxes of Hope, Metropolitan Ministries, Charity, Holiday Drive
  • 1 box of cereal (hot or cold)
  • 1 can of fruit
  • 1 loaf of fresh bread
  • 4 cans of vegetables
  • 2 cans of yams
  • 1 bag or box of dry beans
  • 1 bag of rice
  • 1 bag or box of stuffing mix
  • 1 can or box of potatoes
  • 3 cans of black beans
  • 2 cans of cranberry sauce
  • 1 can or packet of gravy
  • 1 box of dessert mix
  • 1 package of cookies or pastries
  • 1 family box of Jell-O or pudding

Most needed items: Boxed Cereals, Yams, Beans, Canned Fruit

Is your company doing something to get into the giving spirit for the holidays this year? Share it with us! Together we can make this a bigger and better holiday season filled with love, laughter, and giving.

Happy Holidays and stayed tuned for more info about our “Bags of Joy” drive for children in December!

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BlueGrace Goes “Pink”

Pink Daisy Project | Breast Cancer Awareness Month | BlueGrace goes PinkAs most recognize, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In our effort to support this cause, BlueGrace decided to join forces with The Pink Daisy Project. The Pink Daisy Project isn’t dedicated to raising funds for research or awareness like other organizations (although important). Its focus is to help young women cope with the hardships of breast cancer treatment by providing comfort and care. The Project offers these women unique services that are often forgotten in their times of need. Things like housecleaning, groceries and assistance with prescription costs are some examples of the kind of relief that the organization brings. For more info about The Pink Daisy Project please visit PinkDaisyProject.com.

Friday, October 21st has been declared our Breast Cancer Awareness Day. On this day, employees are encouraged to wear pink apparel, bring in a minimum of a $5 donation and bring in a “Pink” dessert for our “Pinkluck Bake-off”. The donations collected will be matched by the company and donated to the Project. Throughout this week, different facts regarding the disease will be tweeted and spread throughout the office to raise awareness. In addition to the bake-off, funds and facts, we are also collecting Dannon and Yoplait yogurt lids (to “Save Lids to Save Lives” and “Cups of Hope”). For more info on what Dannon and Yoplait are doing to support this cause, check out their web-sites at Cups of Hope and Save Lids to Save Lives.

– Jennifer Masters, Recruiting Coordinator
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BlueGrace Proudly Supports Autism Awareness

autism awareness | community involvement | autism speaksApril is Autism Awareness month.  The following essay was written by my younger son, James, as a homework assignment.  James chose the subject of Autism and used living with his brother, Joshua, as his life experience with the subject.  Joshua was diagnosed with Aspergers, which is on the Autism Spectrum.  There is no definitive cause for Autism.  Just like puzzle pieces – each child/case is unique.  Please join with me and my family at BlueGrace Logistics to continue to support Autism Awareness. 

Life With Aspergers Syndrome (A.S.)
By James McCormick

People with A.S. have many challenges like understanding body language or sarcasm. My brother has A.S. and sometimes needs some help with knowing when someone is joking around.  My dad likes to joke and my brother has to ask if he is serious or kidding around – he doesn’t understand. It is hard to tell if someone has A.S.  It is not easily recognized. You either have to know someone real well or you have to be told that someone has A.S. A.S. affects all ages – children to adults of all ethnic backgrounds.  Anybody can have A.S.  People with Aspergers Syndrome look just like any other person.  A.S. affects different people in different ways; however, most people with A.S. will have similar characteristics.

My brother wasn’t diagnosed until he was seven years old.  Up to that time his teachers thought he was either naughty or had ADHD.  Neither one of which was true.  A.S. has to be diagnosed by a doctor.  The doctor has to do different kinds of tests to diagnose.  Most of the tests are just a bunch of questions that are asked to the person being diagnosed, parents, teachers, and caregivers. People with A.S. are good at math, computers, and in subjects that interest them.  They also have excellent memories.  However, people with A.S. struggle with social skills, word problems, and imaginary things. My brother is a straight A student, but he has a hard time knowing how to make friends.  

Aspergers Syndrome is still a huge unknown, and it may never be fully understood. The easiest way to help someone with A.S. is to accept them the way they are.  Try to understand the way they see the world and don’t try to change them.

– Michelle McCormick, Accounts Receivable

Donating Time to Help Animals, It Really is that Simple!

BlueGrace Logistics has taken The Humane Society of Tampa Bay on as their “pet project”, and this has given the employees at BlueGrace a wonderful opportunity to volunteer at the shelter.  I had never participated in any type of volunteer work before, but I have been a dog groomer and a vet tech as well as owned my own pet sitting business, so I was very excited to start my volunteer experience with them.

My first week there, I groomed a puppy and two shih tzus for them.   Everyone there was very encouraging and told me how great they looked, but the reward came the next weekend when I found out that they had all found homes.  It was all the incentive I needed.

My second week, I decided that I wanted to play with the kitties instead of doing the grooming.  I got there bright and early, while the staff was still cleaning.  I was able to get to know some of the cats and kittens before the public was invited into the shelter.  Each of them had their own story, and I tried to spend time with the older cats that were a little bit shy to encourage them to be more social.

The public was let in and a flood of people descended upon the cages!  I started talking to people and was able to match up so many cats with wonderful homes!  I had only intended on staying for 4 hours, but I ended up staying ALL day!  I couldn’t leave…I am hooked!

I left there and felt SO good about my day.  It was a very gratifying experience, and I couldn’t stop smiling!  Anyone who has ever considered volunteer work, but is apprehensive or says they don’t have the time, should come out and try it for a few hours.  Who can resist a cute puppy or kitten???

– Denise Overturf, Customer Loyalty Team Member
Follow me @Denise711_BG

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Rain was one of the cats that pulled on my heartstrings.  His owner passed away, and he was taken to the shelter.  I spent some time alone with him, and he is such a sweet boy who needs a loving home. For adoption information, please contact The Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

BlueGrace Makes Holiday Donation to Metropolitan Ministries

With the Christmas holiday approaching, BlueGrace Logistics donated toys for children of all ages to Metropolitan Ministries. Metropolitan Ministries’ mission is to care for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in our community through services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity and instill self-sufficiency.  We would like to thank all of you who donated money or a toy this holiday season!   Happy Holidays from BlueGrace Logistics! 

toy drive | metropolitan ministries

BlueGrace Makes Charitable Donation to Metropolitan Ministries

BlueGrace Logistics is pleased to announce that together the employees have donated a thousand plus cans of fruit to feed families that are less fortunate in the community.  In addition to donating a thousand cans of fruit, BlueGrace raised $325 to give to Boxes of Hope to provide holiday meals for families. Metropolitan Ministries’ mission is to care for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in our community through services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity and instill self-sufficiency.  BlueGrace wishes to thank all of you who donated during this holiday season! 

charity | metropolitan ministries | food drive

2nd Annual ARM’s Away Golf Outing

As many of you are aware, last year we started an annual golf outing to honor my wife’s mother, Arlene Ruccio Meyer, who lost her life to breast cancer.  It’s tough to put into words how grateful we are for the amazing support we received and generosity we were shown by all who contributed.

I never actually had the opportunity to meet or know Arlene; however, I can only imagine the type of woman she was based on my blessed relationships with her husband, her son, and the love of my life, her daughter Sherri.  Every day I am so fortunate to share my life with the woman that Arlene helped create.  And for those that participated last year, I am confident that the day’s beautiful weather was a direct reflection of the happiness Arlene was feeling looking down on the start of something special.

At the time of Arlene’s passing in 1983, our technology was limited and the public’s awareness was nowhere near what it is today.  Although research has allowed us to make tremendous strides since then, we’re still far from a cure for breast cancer.  In fact, I’m sure each and every one of you knows someone who has been affected by this devastating disease.

This year, we were fortunate enough to go up to The Cancer Institute of New Jersey on Friday to present them with a check for $11,012.66.  Please see the above picture with Dr. Deborah Toppmeyer.  I can’t tell you how much praise we received for the large amount of money we raised for breast cancer research. 

– Jason Eckhardt, BlueGrace New Jersey