Care packages, donated to local Waco family charities for distribution, include diapers and baby books for low-income families
WACO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 20, 2017– Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced that employee volunteers from the company’s personal care product manufacturing facility in Waco, TX will be assembling and delivering more than 1,500 baby care packages today to local organizations that help support underserved families in the Waco area. The donated baby care packages will include baby diapers and children’s books. A Fortune 500 company, Domtar makes a wide variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, such as copy paper and diapers. Domtar’s facility in Waco employs nearly 200 people in the local community.
Domtar employees will be delivering the baby care packages today at:
- 2:00 PM (CST) to the Talitha Koum Institute (TKI), a charitable organization that provides a sensory integration brain development program to children from eight weeks old to Kindergarten, and
- 3:15 PM (CST) to the Waco Diaper Bank, a local organization that partners with social services agencies to provide diapers to Waco and McLennan county families in need.
The Domtar Comfort and Care Program has helped alleviate financial and emotional stress for families in need by donating hundreds of thousands of diapers to charitable organizations in the last year alone.
“The Comfort and Care program aligns with our commitment to champion health, dignity and comfort in our local communities,” said Brad Goodwin, president of Personal Care North America. “We believe everyone deserves personal care, and, hopefully, the diapers included in these baby care packages will help those families in Waco that need it most.”
The new board books included in the baby care packages were donated by Domtar through its partnership with First Book. As part of its Powerful Pages campaign, Domtar has partnered with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books to children in need, since 2012 to provide more than half a million dollars in grants to schools and programs in towns that are home to Domtar facilities. Domtar’s grants provide funding to educators to purchase books through the First Book Marketplace, a website available exclusively to First Book programs, and then the school’s children are able to bring home the new books.
“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,” said Domtar Corporate Responsibility Manager, Heather Alverson Stowe. “Domtar is committed to promoting literacy by putting books in the hands of children in need in the communities in which we operate—it’s a cause that is close to our hearts and core to our business.”
“Access to books is transformational in the lives of our children and the educators who serve them,” said Kyle Zimmer, First Book president and CEO. “Domtar’s work with First Book has opened up a world of opportunities to children who might not otherwise have books at home.”
Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries around the world, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fiber into useful products that people rely on every day. Domtar’s annual sales are approximately $5.1 billion, and its common stock is traded on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges. Domtar’s principal executive office is in Fort Mill, South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.
About Domtar Comfort and Care Diaper Assistance Program
Founded in 2016 and born of Domtar’s spirit of caring and commitment to supporting sustainable community development, the Comfort and Care diaper assistance program helps address diaper poverty. The program aims to alleviate financial and emotional stress on families by providing a process for donations to diaper assistance organizations such as diaper banks and care facilities.
About First Book
First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit us online or follow our latest news on Facebook and Twitter.
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Source: Domtar Corporation
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Heather Alverson Stowe, 514-848-5555 x 85979
Corporate Responsibility Manager
Kathy Wholley, 803-984-2729
Senior Director, Corporate Communications