Channel 9 is ramping up for their 2016 summer charitable initiative, the Channel 9 Family Focus Food Drive, and E.R. Plumbing Services is partnering up with the station to supply local families with the groceries they need. The Matthews plumbing company will provide donation bins at their office and will volunteer at the station collection day on June 8, 2016.
“Approximately 18.1 percent of the Charlotte lives in poverty, and families are faced with the difficult decision of buying groceries or paying for other necessities like housing, clothing and electricity,” Dave Parker, owner of E.R. Plumbing Services says. “We’re not talking about whether or not to buy a new pair of Jordans or if a family can afford to go to the beach for vacation this year. These families are struggling to give their children the bare essentials.”
“Of that 18.1 percent, about 188,000 are children and 41,000 are seniors. Here at E.R. Plumbing Services, we are committed to the community. We are a company that cares about our neighbors. We can’t sit by and watch families go without.”
Parker’s company is known for its charitable giving. Over the years, the company has given away tankless and tank water heaters, water filtration systems, sponsored Steve’s Coats coat drive and the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, and volunteered hours and hours at the local Room in the Inn program to support the homeless.
“We ask you to show your support alongside us,” Parker says. “The dates for this year’s 9 Food Drive will be June 1-12, so come on by our office 648-C Matthews-Mint Hill Road and drop off your nonperishable food items during work hours. If you can make it to the Channel 9 station on June 8th, we’ll be there supporting the community and drumming up donations. We will also be asking our clients to donate a dollar towards the Food Drive, which will translate to seven pounds of food per donation. Now that’s making a difference.”
The food collected will be distributed to families in need through the Second Harvest Food Bank. “Hope to see you there or to motivate you to contribute even a dollar towards this great cause,” Parker says. “Find out how good it feels to give back.”
To learn more about E.R. Plumbing Services, visit the company website at www.erplumbing.com.