Every year, International Roofing puts on a month-long outreach program called IR Cares. Through the years we have embarked on small actions that will help our community. IR Cares is our initiative to make a difference by helping in any way we can. Last year we hosted a Blood Drive that brought over 12 pints to our community, that equals to 36 saved lives. We also hosted a backpack drive that brought 8 families all the necessary school supplies for their children. And we brought groceries to over 50 families in Immokalee. Small steps make a big difference.
This year, we hosted two blood drives at Gulf Coast Town Center, participated in a mobile pantry, and have personally passed out over $800 in Care Packages to individuals in our community. Thank you to everyone who donated money, blood, and their time to help us make a difference.
Our two 2021 blood drives brought in over 25 pints. Saving 75 lives.
We joined Community Cooperative with their mobile pantry in Lehigh Acres and met some incredible people.The Community Cooperative explains, ‘the Mobile Food Pantry is one of Community Cooperative’s most innovative and effective ways to bring much needed food, specifically fresh produce, into areas that have been deemed food deserts. A food desert is an area in which a majority of the residents have limited access to large retail stores with fresh food and grocery products. The residents in these neighborhoods live below the federal poverty level, as determined by the United States Government. Through our Mobile Food Pantries, individuals and families are able to access fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, and bread that are so vital to maintaining a proper diet, as well as access to other services such as housing, employment, and wellness checks.’
Lastly, our Care Package Drive truly showed us how much of a difference we can make. Many of our past clients brought in items such as sanitizing wipes, socks, travel toothbrush/toothpaste, sunscreen, single wrapped snacks, bandages, hair combs, and other essential items. Others reached out to help by donating money. We put together over $800 in socks, toothbrushes, sunscreen, nonperishables, and other essential items. At the office, we packaged them into large ziplocks and prepared them for distribution. Lorena, Kiana, and Dulce traveled through the city looking for anyone in need and personally passed them out to our community. This initiative truly made a direct difference by bringing items to those who were most grateful.
Huge thank you to Elaine, Brian and Marilyn, and Minda. Your contributions were essential to this year’s success. Thank You.
We have already begun planning next year’s IR Cares. We have big goals and plan on transforming our small steps into big leaps.