EDITORIAL: Generosity shines through Caterpillar

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

The Central Carolina area is fortunate to have so many generous benefactors to help make our community to be the best that it can be.

The Building Construction Products Division (BCP) of Caterpillar is the latest among that number. CAT recently made two sizable donations in the community, one to Habitat for Humanity and the other to Lee County Schools.

First, the BCP Division, on behalf of the Caterpillar Foundation, has donated $12,500 to the Lee County Habitat for Humanity. It’s not Caterpillar’s first donation to Habitat. In fact, Caterpillar donated funds, along with machines and labor, to Habitat last year.

“We think supporting an organization like Habitat is beneficial to both the community and our employees,” said Julie Ammons, human resources manager for the BCP Sanford facility. “We want to help our neighbors and also provide an opportunity for our employees to get involved.”

Second, the BCP Division made an impressive donation to the Lee County School System: a 226B3 Skid Steer Loader, which will be used for, among other things, improving safety on all school playgrounds.

Brad Crace, Caterpillar BCP Operations Manager, noted, “Education and safety are fundamental to supporting our children. We want to contribute to advancing efforts to improve both of these values where we can.”

Caterpillar also is involved in an apprenticeship program at the company, another way of support local students.

Caterpillar certainly deserves a salute for all of its efforts in helping to improve our community because it exemplifies a giving community spirit, one that we hope will be contagious not just for business and industry, but for individuals alike.

The company is just one of a large number of other businesses and industries which support our community in innumerable ways, especially by assisting our students and our schools. To each of them, we are grateful for their good works.

These businesses and industries are deserving of our support.