WINNIPEG (December 16, 2011) –Winnipeg’s DMT Development Systems Group Inc. and its 85 employees have generated nearly $60,000 for the annual Christmas hamper campaign, and volunteers from the company and the community will put their shoulders to the wheel this weekend to make sure hampers of food and presents reach 300 needy families in the city.
The company, which usually sells its sophisticated information services to the world’s automobile industry, has offered its employees as volunteers to pack hampers and deliver thousands of kilograms of food staples and Christmas presents through the weekend and into next week.
DMT has partnered with Beautiful Savior Lutheran School to assemble more than 300 hampers, each containing at least 40 different items. Three trailers of food and presents, including 1,700 kilograms of turkey, 1,400 kg of potatoes and 700 kg of oranges, arrive at the school today. Deliveries, including more than 60 hampers to Winnipeg’s Isobel House agency for women, begin today and continue through December 20.
An internal company campaign called ‘Payroll for the Needy’, in which employee donations were augmented by company funds, generated a record $59,650 to purchase the food and presents for the program, a cooperative effort involving the Salvation Army, Isobel House and the Christmas Cheer Board.
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.
“I’ve always been proud of our employees, but their generosity this year has exceeded any expectations,” says DMT president Glen Demetrioff. “The only thing that matches their generosity is their enthusiasm for this program.”
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 85 people at its headquarters on the campus of the University of Manitoba and at new European office in Paris. Additional customer service personnel work directly with the clients in their locations.