I received a nice — no, nice isn’t the right word ... inspiring is better — e-mail today informing me of something one of Sulphur Springs’ corporate neighbors will be doing. It's the kind of message that reminds me why I like this town and its people so much.
The message came from Scott Brown, human resources manager for Morningstar Foods in Sulphur Springs:
“On Thursday, January 22nd, 11:00 am, Morningstar will be distributing checks to Hopkins County ISD's. These checks are from the Morningstar Employees Children's Charity. We have done this in the past. We are calling inviting the Superintendents from each of the ISD's to accept these checks.”
These checks will be going to the seven main school district in Hopkins County — SSSISD, North Hopkins, Cumby, Como-Pickton, Saltillo, Sulphur Bluff and Miller Grove.
That’s all great. But the best part was found in the last line of the e-mail:
“These checks will total over $11,000.”
We see lots of donations from a lot of fundraising efforts, but not many match that amount raised by employees. Five digits is rarified air in a small town. (We’ll be finding out how their program works and telling you more about it in the future.)
Morningstar in Sulphur Springs used to be known as Star Specialty Foods, and a lot of people still called it that for years after the name change. Today, it’s a part of the massive Dean Foods Company corporation, which is one of the biggest food and beverage companies in the world, not just the U.S., with 2007 revenues of $11.8 BILLION.
It would be SO easy for people in a faceless corporate environment to give nothing back, to simply toil away without caring about anything outside the revenue reach. And maybe that happens at other plants elsewhere. But not here. Here, they seem to get the importance of helping our schools. Here, they seem to understand why education matters so much. Here, they’re handing out $11,000 to help.
Be proud of the people at Morningstar. Be proud to call them our neighbors, corporate or otherwise.
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