Uncle John’s Honors Giving Tuesday
The nearly 80 team members working at Uncle John’s Pride have always considered themselves a part of the family. At the same time, they’ve always known that that family extends well beyond those of who come to work at the Tampa-based sausage company every day; it extends to the local community.
“It is a sad reality that there will always be those individuals who are less fortunate than ourselves,” says Bryan Beswick, co-owner of Tampa-based Uncle John’s Pride. “And while they should be in our thoughts, and our actions always, it’s during this time – the holiday season, when we gather with friends and loved ones – that we are more aware than ever of how blessed we are. And Giving Tuesdayis yet another opportunity for us as a company, and a family, to pause, express our gratitude and reach out in fellowship.
GivingTuesday, a day of global giving, is on Tuesday, December 3. What began in 2012 with the simple idea of taking a single day and doing something good has become a global phenomenon that last year, in the United States alone, raised more than $1 billion. One of the beauties of Giving Tuesday is that “doing something good” doesn’t necessarily mean donating money. Those who give can do so in several ways – with time, goods, or money, for example. We can all think of ideas to help make the world a better place for those less fortunate than ourselves.
How does the Uncle John’s family plan on participating in Giving Tuesday? Here are some of the local organizations which Uncle John’s Pride supports, in both time and treasure:
Gospel, Inc. is a Lakeland-based organization that focuses on creating personal relationships with the homeless in the community and is based on the belief that “everyone is really responsible to all men, for all men, and for everything.” Through a working home for men, and the RePurpose Art Studio for women, Gospel, Inc. gives “broken” individuals an opportunity to find a way to make a living and with that, a home of their own. To learn more, visit https://gospelinc.org/
Children’s Home Network
The mission of the Children’s Home Network is to meet the needs of at-risk children, and to help them to build the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life. Last year, the organization impacted the lives of nearly 25,000 children and their families through programs focused on foster care, adolescent motherhood, and tutoring. The centerpiece of the program is Kid’s Village, a healing home for children 6-17 who are victims of abuse and neglect. For information, visit www.childrenshomenetwork.org
Parker Street Ministries
Parker Street Ministries began more than 20 years ago as a group of Christians united with an impoverished neighborhood in Lakeland, FL. Instead of giving handouts, they became part of the community and lived among those in need. They started in small ways; folding laundry together, helping children with their homework, picking up trash, or joining them in prayer. Today, they provide summer and wellness programs, financial fitness lessons, and provide family-oriented neighborhood events throughout the year, serving an average of 200 residents. The ministry also offers more than 720 hours of academic enrichment (per child) to children every year, and delivers nearly 21,000 healthy meals and snacks to households across Lakeland. For information on how you can get involved, visit www.psmlakeland.org.
The services this organization provides are designed to help homeless and at-risk children and families, whether their need is to get off the streets at night, or the search for an education that can lead to a job that supports their family. These services are vital for the 32,000 homeless men, women and children in our communities. They’re also fueled by donors. Without this true community collaboration, so many would be left out in the cold with no hope for a future. For more information, visit www.metromin.org
Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) is a community-based, non-profit organization serving Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry and Ft. Meade. Established in 1983, the primary goal of VISTE is to enable frail elderly persons to continue living independently and safely in their own homes. The frail and elderly are the fastest growing population in the U.S. VISTE provides these individuals with resources that help them remain safe and independent in their own homes. Transportation, monthly commodity boxes, hot meals, and wheelchair ramps are just a few of the programs carried out by VISTE volunteers that help preserve dignity for the elderly and frail. For more information, visit www.viste.org.
“The Uncle John’s Pride family is proud to be a part of the community through organizations like these,” says Beswick. “In the spirit of celebrating this blessed time, all of us at Uncle John’s will continue to support these very special organizations in our community and encourage everyone to do the same.”
To learn more about Giving Tuesday, and to learn more about how you can give back this holiday season, visitwww.givingtuesday.org.
About Uncle John’s Pride
Uncle John’s Pride’s specializes in fresh and smoked sausage and meats. Our brand has been the signature of quality, freshness, and affordability for over four decades. We only use the highest quality ingredients in all our products and hold ourselves to the highest of production standards to make sure our customers get the most fresh and delicious smoked sausages and meats every time. Our commitment to excellence carries over to our entire line of sausage and smoked meat products. We also proudly manufacture Bean Brothers, Realtree, Garcia Brand Sausage and more. For more information, and for a complete line-up of products for retail and wholesale, visit our website UncleJohnsPride.com, or keep up with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.