Together, Domtar and First Book, a nonprofit educational organization, have distributed hundreds of thousands of books to needy children across North America over the past five years. In a new initiative, the two organizations partnered to create baby care packages for families in need.
Domtar and First Book Baby Care Packages
Colleagues at Domtar’s Personal Care facility in Waco, Texas, recently assembled and delivered 1,500 baby care packages, which included books and diapers, to local organizations that help support low-income families.
Colleagues hand-delivered the baby care packages to the Talitha Koum Institute, a mental health center focusing on the brain development of at-risk children, and the Waco Diaper Bank, which works with social services agencies to provide diapers to needy families in Waco and McLennan Counties.
“This type of event makes me proud to be a Domtar employee,” said Olga Santos, a colleague from the Waco facility. “I’m giving a part of me, and my company is giving their part to the community. Bringing all of these different departments and groups together makes us feel more like a team. We are all working as one.”
Domtar’s Powerful Pages and Comfort and Care Programs
Heather Stowe, Domtar’s corporate responsibility manger, is also delighted by the efforts Domtar continues to make in its communities.
“We’re proud to have provided hundreds of thousands of brand-new books to children from low-income families across North America, in partnership with First Book,” she said. “We’re excited to add essential baby items to that. Health and wellness and literacy are two of three pillars of giving at Domtar.”
Domtar’s Powerful Pages program is the umbrella for a variety of literacy efforts, many of them done in conjunction with First Book. Through Powerful Pages, Domtar has provided more than a half-million dollars in grants to schools and programs in Domtar communities.
The new baby care packages are also part of Domtar’s Comfort and Care program, a Powerful Pages counterpart that focuses on relieving the financial and emotional stress of families who struggle to afford diapers.
“The Comfort and Care program aligns with our commitment to champion health, dignity and comfort in our communities,” said Brad Goodwin, president of Domtar Personal Care North America. “We believe everyone deserves personal care, and hopefully the diapers included in these care packages will help those families in Waco who need it most.”
Waco facility colleague Clint Riggs also helped pack the baby care packages.
“I’m always so pleased to see the things we do for the local community and also the things I’ve seen Domtar do for its other plants, like the flooding in Greenville [North Carolina] or the outreach programs like this we’ve built,” he said.