WINNIPEG (December 12, 2012) – Powered by a record donation of more than $70,000 and a throng of enthusiastic volunteers, the 10th anniversary Christmas hamper campaign for needy families will shift into high gear this week.
The donation, from the management and staff of DMT Development Systems Group Inc. of Winnipeg, will purchase the festive food and children’s presents that will be packed into an estimated 360 hampers to be delivered to families in the community before Christmas – the continuation of a tradition for the company and the church and school volunteers that goes back a decade.
The donations, which reached $70,550 and bested last year’s record of nearly $60,000, will purchase the approximately 40 individual components of the hampers that help bring vital food staples and Christmas joy to recipients. Last year, the program handled three trailers of food and presents, including 1,700 kilograms of turkey, 1,400 kg of potatoes and 700 kg of oranges.
The hamper program, a cooperative effort involving the Salvation Army, the Isobel House agency for women, and the Christmas Cheer Board, has also expanded its volunteer base this year. The Red River Circuit of Lutheran Church Canada congregations have joined the volunteer corps needed to assemble and deliver the hampers. The Red River Circuit includes eight congregations, the Beautiful Savior Lutheran School and a refugee group called the Oromo. The 10 organizations, along with DMT employees, will assemble and deliver the hampers from December 14 through December 19.
“When we first took on this program in 2002 as something for the entire DMT family, we could never have imagined it would grow to the size it is today,” marvels Glen Demetrioff, president of DMT. “But each year the need for it seems to grow and each year our employees exceed every expectation with their generosity and commitment. It is truly humbling.”
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 85 people at its headquarters on the campus of the University of Manitoba and at an office in Paris, France. Additional customer service personnel work directly with the clients in their locations. A new DMT office opened in Toronto earlier this year.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran School
Jen McCrea, Principal
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