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When Disaster Strikes

Every time I turn on the news recently, it seems that another weather catastrophe is occurring. Between tornadoes and flooding, it has made me take a look at all my "things" in my apartment and think about what is really important in life. I cannot image what people are going through throughout the US trying to salvage what possessions and hope they can.

That is why I was so happy to know that Rubbermaid has given back. In April, a joint effort was undertaken to process and deliver the following items to Alabama:

  • 10,532 Roughneck Totes
  • 774 Water Coolers

This donation totalled over $169,000 dollars. While we all wished we could go help, four members of our team who lived closest to the area drove into Alabama to distribute these goods. With help, it only took 4 hours to deliver the totes to families that needed them. Check out the photos they shared with us.

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While I was talking to our team about this effort, I received the email below from Rubbermaid Consumer Daniel. It really touched my heart to hear his story and how the things we do (like make the best quality products we can) can make a difference in someones life.

RN-S "While cleaning up some debris from the April 25th tornadoes in central Arkansas, I found a couple of storage bins that had been deposited on some family property.  These bins were most likely came from a building that was located almost a mile away, and landed within 20 feet of each other.  As you can see from the picture, the Rubbermaid container is in remarkably good shape, with no holes or serious damage after its ride on an EF-3.  The competitive container, on the other hand, is ripped completely apart.  While I was able to find all of its pieces, they're certainly no longer attached. Not that I plan on having my belongings picked up by a tornado, but I think I know which brand of container I'll buy going forward to keep them safe."

Thanks Daniel for letting us share your story. For all those out there who have been affected by bad weather recently, my heart goes out to you.

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