Dometic Marine employees provided some support for people in New Jersey who are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy by donating their own warm coats, sweaters and blankets.
The coat drive was organised by Dometic Marine Engineering Laboratory Manager Angie Canon and sparked a huge response from staff wanting to help residents in the northern part of the US hit first by October’s historic storm and now by bitterly cold winter weather.
The generous donations, targeting people in the East Coast area who lost everything in the hurricane, filled four large boxes, totalling over 120 cubic feet of parkas, coats, sweaters and blankets.
“The people of Dometic always seem to reach deep for a good cause and this is one,” said Canon. “They are very excited about receiving these gifts of compassion up in New Jersey.
“It's very cold up there on top of everything else so this is a sacrifice that will help someone at a real time of crisis.”
Canon posted signs around Dometic Marine’s Florida-based office and factory requesting donations following an idea from her 80-year-old mother Joan Kleczka.
She located an Elks Club in Trenton, NJ, which was willing to receive and distribute the donated coats.
“They were ecstatic to get the call,” said Kleczka. “It doesn’t take much to get things started. American people are the most giving people in the world. Since a lot of people here in Florida don’t own warm coats, many donated blankets instead.”
She also went from house to house in her neighborhood asking for donations and meeting neighbors she never knew before.
Canon handled the collection and packaging of the donations received and Dometic Marine paid the shipping costs.
Dometic Marine has also made a cash donation to help raise $50,000 for the Hurricane Sandy Fund, sponsored by Kellogg Marine.
Money raised was matched by the following BBG groups (up to $10,000 each): Brunswick Boat Group (16 boat companies), Brunswick Corporate (bowling & fitness, boating), Mercury Marine and Kellogg / Land N Sea.
A check for $2,500 was also sent to local food bank Care & Share in Niantic, Ct.
The $50,000 raised will go strictly to boat dealers, marinas and boat yards and will be donated to the New Jersey Marine Trades Association and the Hudson Valley Marine Trades Association, which are the only two legitimate non-profit groups supporting just the marine industry.
Vice President of New Business Development at Kellogg Marine Bob Staehle said: “Every year before Thanksgiving I raise $6-8K for local food banks, so I’m used to raising money.
“I’ve been in the marine industry for 45 years, and this year, with Hurricane Sandy doing so much damage to boats and marinas so close to home, with customers I’ve known for years getting wiped out, I felt it was the right thing to do this year to raise funds for them.
“So I started a hurricane relief fund to help the marine industry and went to Brunswick to see if they’d contribute matching funds. When Brunswick Boat Group, Brunswick Corporate, Mercury Marine, and Kellogg Marine all agreed to match funds, I was especially proud to be associated with them.”
Finally, Dometic Marine is completing its efforts for the worthy cause by supporting Hurricane Sandy victims with rebates for boat owners.
Dometic’s dealer network is offering special deals to owners of hurricane-damaged boats on replacement HVAC systems and toilet systems.
Details about these rebates will appear at several Northeast boat shows to let affected boat owners know about the program.
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ABOUT DOMETIC MARINE
Dometic Marine, a division of the Dometic Group, is the world’s largest supplier of innovative and technologically advanced comfort systems and equipment for yachts and pleasure boats and a major supplier of HVAC and toilet systems to the commercial, workboat and military markets.
A specialist supplier to OEM, refit and repair and aftermarkets, Dometic Marine has an unmatched support network of company-owned offices located in 12 strategic regions across the globe supported by numerous marine R&D facilities and factories. The products are further supported in the field by factory-authorized distributors, dealers and service engineers offering a global presence in over 100 countries worldwide.
Leisure boats from 20 feet to mega-yachts are users of the company’s premium brands which include Condaria, Cruisair, Dometic, Marine Air, SeaLand and WAECO. Their extensive product range includes marine air conditioning and sanitation systems, refrigerators, stoves, battery chargers and other equipment for the leisure market.
Dometic’s commercial HVAC systems can be fitted to the broadest range of commercial vessels and conform to NMMA and ASHRAE standards; the company is ISO 9001:2008 certified.
ABOUT DOMETIC GROUP
Dometic Group is a customer-driven, world-leading provider of leisure products for the RV, automotive, truck and marine markets. The company supplies the industry and aftermarket with a complete range of air conditioners, refrigerators, awnings, cookers, sanitation systems, lighting, mobile power equipment, comfort and safety solutions, windows, doors and other equipment that make life more comfortable away from home.
Dometic Group supplies a wide range of workshop equipment for service and maintenance of built-in air conditioners. Dometic Group also provides specially designed refrigerators for hotel rooms, offices, wine storage and transport and storage of medical products.
Dometic products are sold in almost 100 countries and are produced mainly in wholly owned production facilities around the world.