WINNIPEG (December 15, 2010) – A Winnipeg company that serves the world’s auto industry is helping serve Christmas cheer to needy families in the city with a brace of employee volunteers and a $52,000 contribution to Winnipeg’s Christmas Cheer Board.
The management and staff of DMT Development Systems Group Inc. are working with the Christmas Cheer Board and the students of Beautiful Savior Lutheran School to complete 250 hampers of food and presents for families in need. The program is expected to reach up to 1,000 individuals this holiday season.
The funds are a record for the company’s seven-year partnership with the Christmas Cheer Board, and come from donations from DMT employees and from the company. The program is coordinated by Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, which works with the Christmas Cheer Board to find suitable candidates for the hampers.
Students from the school and DMT employees are packing the hampers in the school’s gymnasium with turkey and the other supplies for a Christmas dinner. Volunteers from the church buy and wrap toys to include with the package, while volunteers from DMT help deliver the completed hampers.
“We began working on this year’s program back in October,” explains Beautiful Savior’s project coordinator, William English. “It draws on hundreds of volunteers from the community and businesses across the city. We’re grateful for the support.”
The Christmas Cheer Board was started in 1919 by a number of churches in the community. The original intent was to provide Christmas hampers and toys for the widows and orphans of soldiers lost during World War One.
“DMT employees have been unbelievably generous,” marvels DMT president Glen Demetrioff. “They have exceeded every possible expectation. They’ve given from their hearts.”
DMT serves global and Canadian-based auto manufacturers and their dealers with specialized and sophisticated systems that share information among companies, dealers and customers while improving lead management, customer relations management and their related business processes. A privately held company, DMT has posted double digit growth since its inception and employs more than 75 people at its headquarters on the campus of the University of Manitoba. Additional customer service personnel work directly with the clients in their locations.