The 5th Annual Theisen’s Stuff the Truck event to benefit Marine Corps Toys For Tots was held December 6th and 7th at Theisen’s in Dubuque and Dyersville. Between this event and the generous donation and grant support during the year, Theisen’s is the single largest local supporter of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program.
Every year since 1946, the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Programs has brought the hope and joy of the holiday season to millions of children and families across America, and Dubuque is once again proud to be a strong part of that effort, recognized annually as one of the top performing local campaigns in in America among over 700 sites. The goal is to fully support the needs of nearly 5,000 children in Dubuque County, IA, Clayton County IA, Grant County, WI, and Jo Daviess County, IL.
Locally, Toys For Tots serves children and families through the many agencies that serve those families year round including the Salvation Army, the Dept. of Human Services, Project Concert, Operation New View, Veterans Affairs, the Grand County Holiday Project and more, but does not serve families directly.
In addition to granting the wishes of children at Christmas, Toys For Tots in Dubuque also supports many other efforts throughout the year including Summer Reading Programs at all area libraries, the Make A Wish Foundation annual Gala, The Dubuque Kids Expo, National Night Out, Jingle Bell Hop and the group has donated nearly 30,000 books to area schools in 2014.
Thank you to everyone who participated and donated to make this a successful event!
The holiday season is starting off especially bright for 143 nonprofits in Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto store communities.
The sixth annual Theisen’s More for Your Community grant awards were announced today by Theisen’s President Jim Theisen. “With these grants of $208,588, we are simply giving back to our community and the people we serve,” said Theisen. “We are so proud to support these nonprofit organizations as they provide food, shelter, healthcare, safety and education to children and families in and near to our store communities.”
The corporate giving program is a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD). CFGD President and CEO Nancy Van Milligen said, “The most immediate and important needs of families and children were expressed in the 247 applications we received. The review process included a focus on meeting the most basic and urgent needs of children and families in a wide region from Dubuque to Iowa Falls and the 18 Theisen’s Home • Farm • Auto store communities in between.”
Successful grant applications included evidence of project dollars directly reaching children, strong local matches, and opportunities for those served to give back to the community. Theisen, together with his sons Chris and Tony, makes annual grant site visits to learn about successful projects and encourage nonprofit leaders on the front lines serving vulnerable families and kids in the region.
Visit www.dbqfoundation.org/theisens to learn more about the Theisen’s More for Your Community Grant Program. The next funding cycle will open in May, of 2015.
View the entire list of grant winners here: https://dbqfoundation.box.com/s/50fqpy0pysgquposwbd1
Theisen’s More for Your Community Grant Program is made possible through a partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Learn more about www.dbqfoundation.org.
Dubuque Girl Scouts will be at Theisen's flagship store starting Feb 14th every weekend throughout the entire month of March selling their delicious cookies and keeping warm. Feel free to stop by and say hi!
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