Erin, a Bozeman team member, poses with donated coats for Operation Warm.
We can all contribute to making our communities better by lending a hand in creative ways. During this time of thanks, we are especially conscious of our responsibility to help make the lives of our friends and neighbors better.
As such, Murdoch’s is highlighting a small sample of nonprofits that we partner with this time of year as part of our community involvement initiative.
We’re giving thanks for the great work they’re doing in our communities! Check them out…
Missoula Food Bank
During Can the Cats (a competitive food drive between the UM Griz and MSU Bobcats), the Missoula Food Bank won in 2015 by collecting 196,406 pounds of food and $85,227 in cash for the Missoula Food Bank. During the holidays last year, it fed more than 1,800 families. This important food-raiser helps the Missoula Food Bank stock up just in time for the holidays.
We encourage you to visit its website for more info.
Our Goal: Murdoch’s stores in UM and MSU markets extend a friendly competition, each raising food and money at their respective stores. Murdoch’s also issues a cash match incentive.
Gallatin Valley Food Bank
On average, the Gallatin Valley Food Bank serves 1,205 households a month through its Emergency Food Box Program. One box contains 5 days’ worth of food for a family, and it can be accessed monthly.
The Gallatin Valley Food Bank also supplements 355 seniors’ pantries per month in Gallatin, Park, and Madison Counties; it helps operate the Community Café, which serves free evening meals 7 days a week for an annual total of 42,157 meals; and during the school year, when some families count on meals provided by the schools, it sent food home with 750 hungry children on the weekends.
These statistics were published in its 2013-14 Annual Report. We encourage you to visit its website for more info.
How we partner: It’s become a tradition for Murdoch’s Home Office to host an internal sample sale to raise money for this organization. Murdoch’s puts a bid sheet on the product samples and gives 100% of the employee purchases to the Food Bank. The sample sale is hosted before Thanksgiving to ensure the Food Bank has the funds before the holiday. We’re also a Can the Griz drop-site and donor.
Christmas Gift Wrapping
How it works: During the Christmas season, all 30 Murdoch’s locations invite local clubs and groups to raise donations by wrapping gifts. We’ve had groups of 4-H kids and parents, Scout troops, FFA chapters, and animal shelters, just to name a few of the organizations. Here are a handful we’re working with this year:
Morgan County 4-H: From 4H Exchanges to Beef and Swine Livestock Seminars, Youth Fest to Shooting Sports activities, youth in Morgan County 4-H are a busy group of kids. Our Fort Morgan, Colorado, store is excited to host you!
RSVP: The Retired Senior Volunteer Program leverages the wealth of knowledge and experience of persons 55 and older. Funds raised will help highschoolers bring concerts to the Polson, Montana, area to improve the weekend activity options for youth.
Boulder County 4-H: Critter Creations, Goats and Galore, Rinn Valley Livestock, Silver Spurs and Rocky Mountain Snowbirds are only a few of the clubs who will wrap gifts in our Longmont store. They cover topics like livestock, shooting sports, archery, poultry, photography, food preservation, vet science, and rabbits.
Last year this Holiday Drive in Craig, Colorado, and Moffat County raised $27,040 in cash, 3,700 pounds of food and thousands of gifts and toys. It is spearheaded and marketed by KRAI radio station.
100% of the donations are passed on to four local organizations in Craig: the Interfaith Food Bank, Advocates Crisis Support Services (a crisis counseling and safe house organization), Christmas for Kids (a local organization that provides toys to underprivileged children) and Christmas for Seniors (a local organization that provides gift to hundreds of senior citizens in Moffat County).
Information about this year’s program is available here.
Murdoch’s Role: Murdoch’s in Craig is setting up a giving tree and collecting donations for the community Holiday Drive again this year. We also donate a variety of items for the drive.
Picture it: Families – including your pets – are welcomed for Santa Photos in all Murdoch’s locations. Our stores or an organization takes photos for you, and we post them to Facebook so that you can share your Santa photo with your friends or download the digital file.
Last year Murdoch’s worked with more than 25 organizations, including these below, and many of them will be back again this year:
- Summit County Adopt an Angel
- Red Desert Humane Society
- Friends of Douglas County K-9
- 4H Clubs in Albany County and Sand Park
- VFW-Casper Memorial 9439
- FFA in Fort Morgan and Scottsbluff
- Freedom Service Dogs
For more than 30 years, the Jaycees “Empty Stockings” Program in Miles City, Montana, has ensured children, seniors, and adults with disabilities get a dose of Christmas cheer. A tree is displayed in Murdoch’s, and families can sponsor a senior, child, or disabled adult. The person’s age, gender, and clothing size are provided. Gift ideas like “long johns and walking cane” are provided.
More info can be found at its facebook page.
How we are involved: Murdoch’s hosts the tree, and many employees sponsor individuals. The store will also fulfill several requests that aren’t fulfilled by the deadline (Dec. 1).
VFW – Cheyenne
In December the VFW will visit the Cheyenne store to hand out poppies and spread awareness of veteran support. Learn about the history of the Buddy Poppy, how they are handmade, the veterans who make them, and how the money they raise helps veterans. Watch their youtube video.
Murdoch’s part: It’s become a long-standing tradition for our Murdoch’s store in Cheyenne to host the VFW during the holidays, and we offer support in a variety of ways including donations.
Visit your local Murdoch’s to find out what’s happening in your community!