For over 50 years, Leonard has given back to the communities it serves. Beginning in 2015 we are doing this more formally through a working foundation that collects and gives to four beneficiaries each year. Company employees choose the worthy causes and the company pledges to match each donation.
“I wondered why somebody didn’t do something. Then I realized, I am somebody.” – Unknown
The Leonard Team is proud to be able to give back to local communities it serves. What started out as a vision from CEO Mike Pack, ended with a great team-building effort. He built a committee of people to work together, to organize bags for the homeless. Within a few short days, boxes of products came into the corporate office. These included hats, gloves, socks, toiletry items, emergency blankets, ponchos, as well as food and water bottles.
During our Fall Business meeting, employees worked as a team to make 400 bags for the homeless. With roughly 100 people in attendance, everyone was challenged to go back into their local communities and give these bags to people who needed them most. Another challenge was to write on a supplied notecard, a few words of encouragement to the person who would be receiving the bags.
Throughout the event, everyone reiterated how proud this made them feel. They discussed their excitement to work for a company that cares about the future and a better tomorrow. The stories of who they anticipated giving the bags were the highlight of the evening.
Eastern NC Make-A-Wish
I want to thank all the people of Eastern NC Make-A-Wish, Laura, Jessica and Heather, Leonard's Barns in New Bern NC, Tractor supply in Morehead City, Danny Taylor and Outdoor Solutions, and all the Make-A-Wish volunteers and donators that made Adam's wish come true!
My son has a rare brain tumor that has a poor prognosis, and if not fatal, causes life long deficits and compromised quality of life. Adam has received the best of medical care at Duke University Children's Hospital, in which I am very thankful. He has undergone major brain surgery and radiation. He continues to have multiple doctor appointments and is on lots of medications and treatments.
Adam has always had a nurturing heart and finds peace and contentment in being outdoors and in caring for animals. He has successfully raised many orphaned and neglected animals, from geckos, kittens, wild birds and rabbits, to horses and chickens. He himself has a heart for the weak and ill. Once, he held a deformed chicken for 3 days, giving it love, companionship, and drops of water with a dropper, knowing it would, and until it did, pass away. He said he didn't want it to die thirsty or alone.
You all have shown the same kindness to Adam through your unconditional giving hearts...and for that I am thankful beyond words. So many have given, without personally knowing Adam or his condition, but out of humanity and genuine compassion for an ill child.
Adam said "I really don't feel special enough to have such an awesome gift, but I sure am happy!"
I haven't seen Adam smile like this in a long, long time! His wish has given him something to focus on and to make plans with. As long as Adam is able, his wish will continue giving through him helping injured and needy furry 4 legged, and winged 2 legged animals.
We really cannot find words to describe how appreciative we are.
With Sincere Thanks,
Beth Crosswell Blot (mom) &
James Adam Crosswell
Make-A-Wish recipient 3-27-17
Autism Society of North Carolina
Susan G Komen Race For The Cure
Wounded Warrior Project
Leonard has long been a strong supporter of the men and women who serve our country through military duty. Several of our stores are very near forts and bases and we work hard to pay special attention to the needs of our military servants.
St. Jude's Children's Hospital
St. Jude Children's Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
And it's a different financial and operating model than large grant-making charities. Leonard collected from its generous customers $2,904 over these three months. Leonard proudly matches the contributions collected and gives it to charitable organizations four times a year.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. While we accept insurance, many services provided by St. Jude have never been covered by insurance, and will not be in the future. In fact, only 12% of the money to operate the hospital comes from insurance recoveries and 10% comes from grants. This is vastly different than most other hospitals that can generate more than 90% of their revenues from insurance recoveries and other sources. And it's a different financial and operating model than large grant-making charities. Leonard collected from its genorous customers $2,904 over these three months. Leonard proudly matches the contributions collected and gives it to charitable organizations four times a year.
The Miracle League
If I were to tell you about an organized youth baseball league, You might call it ordinary. If I were to tell you the athletes are physically and mentally challenged You might call it touching. If you were to see them play you would call it a Miracle.!
Mission: To offer this program to every city in the country so children, young adults and adults alike with special needs around the globe will have this same opportunity to play baseball. The Miracle League believes; “Every Child Deserves A Chance to Play Baseball.”
Leonard has been a long time supporter of the United Fund of Surry who has served the needs of people in Surry County through its member agencies. These needs include crisis and emergency care; food, utility, and medical assistance; shelter; and counseling services. United Fund’s 26 member agencies include Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Yokefellow Ministries, and 5 area rescue squads. United Fund’s main goal is to raise money for these agencies to allow them to do what they do best, helping people, instead of focusing efforts on fund-raising.