Reida and Rich Bartley, who minister to a Slavic neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, report that as a result of an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper on their Treasure Box program, a local company has responded with great participation in preparing and packing boxes for the ministry. Here are some excerpts from the Fleet Response company e-mail newsletter reporting on their involvement:
Established in 1986, Fleet Response is a leader in custom designed fleet management services to the corporate fleet industry. They work with more than 6,000 car and truck rental suppliers providing access to over 500,000 vehicles throughout the United States, Canada, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
Fleet Response is located in Cleveland, Ohio and has grown considerably from a small business to a thriving mid-size company.
Employees Donate “Treasure Boxes” to Local Schools
November 18, 2005
To assist children and their families this holiday season, Fleet Response employees donated shoe boxes full of school supplies and toys to the Village Grace Mission Center in Cleveland.
Divided into eight teams, Fleet Response employees donated the items, collected shoe boxes, and spent an afternoon filling and wrapping each package. The “Treasure Boxes” will be distributed throughout five schools in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood and employees will have the opportunity to pass out the packages and meet the children receiving them.
“Everyone at Fleet Response wanted to help children in a local community this holiday season,” said Scott Mawaka, Executive Vice President, Fleet Response.
“Originally our goal was to collect 24 boxes, but as enthusiasm grew, we were able to double that and donate 50 treasure boxes.”
About Village Grace Mission Center
Village Grace Mission Center was founded and is operated by Rich and Reida Bartley.
The Treasure Boxes will be delivered to Mound, Union, Fullerton, Washington Park and St. Stanislaus schools in Cleveland. In addition to the annual Treasure Box Program, the mission offers Individual and Family Counseling, Financial Counseling, Computer Training, After School Tutoring and Mentoring and many other support services to the neighborhood.