It’s not often a concrete truck delivers tables and chairs, but in a sense, that’s what happened when American Legion Post 45 in Manchester received a $3,500 donation from BARD Materials.
The presentation July 17 at the post at Hump Day Coffee is the result of a project from BARD that gave $1 for every yard of concrete delivered in one of the company’s trucks over a year.
Jenni Ostwinkle Silva, communications and education director for BARD, explained the project. “We outfitted one of our concrete trucks with a digital camo print and wrapped the truck in that. We decided $1 for every yard of concrete delivered with that truck would be donated to area veterans’ groups.”
Area veterans groups applied to BARD, with the company’s service veterans voting on the recipients.
Legion commander Larry Tibbott knows how the post will use the funds.
“The money will be used for replacement tables and chairs in our Legion. Anything left over will go into building upkeep.”
Silva and Alan Schaffer, area manager for BARD, made the presentation. Silva stressed the importance the company places on supporting service veterans.
“At BARD we have always felt a strong sense of duty to give back to those who have given so much to us,” she said. “In addition to that, we have a fair number of veterans who work at BARD. We hold their service near and dear and look for ways to give back.”
Schaffer agreed adding, “It’s just awesome for us to be able to thank these veterans for all the service they give to us.”
Tibbott, a material delivery professional at the company, filled out the application for the Manchester post. “It makes me proud to be a part of the BARD organization,” Tibbott said. “We’ve never gotten a donation this large from one organization as far as I know. I’m just very thankful for it.”