Published Dec. 31, 2018 by Fillmore County Journal For the past 12 years Valley Design’s Employee Sharing Tree has made donations to Christmas in Fillmore County and the Fillmore County Food Shelf. Both programs assist families in Fillmore County. Christmas in Fillmore County benefits families in need during the Holiday Season with gifts for kids. The Fillmore County Food Shelf provides food for those in need. This year the Sharing Tree kicked off with a pumpkin carving contest on Halloween. Employees were offered the chance to show off their carving skills as well as given the opportunity to sponsor kids through C hristmas in Fillmore County. Our 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest produced 13 very creative pumpkins and the sponsorship of 28 kids. We are looking forward to doubling pumpkins and kid sponsorships next year. Casey Bates, our paint line supervisor, was our most creative pumpkin carver. Casey was excited to donate his prize of a gift card to the Sharing Tree sponsoring a child in Christmas in Fillmore County. Our company’s Thanksgiving employee dinner was also an opportunity to donate canned foods for the Fillmore County Food Shelf. The week before our Sharing Tree delivery day we called out all ugly sweaters. We gathered everyone for a group photo, enjoyed Christmas cookies and judged 13 ugly sweaters. Tyler Chase, our warehouse person, truly had the UGLYest sweater. Tyler also donated his winnings back to the Sharing Tree program. On December 10, Valley Design employees delivered this year’s donations, which are tripled by Valley Design, to both Christmas in Fillmore County and the Fillmore County Food Shelf. The first stop was Christmas in Fillmore County. Along with our gifts for the sponsored kids, we left toys, stuffed animals, coats, mittens and other gifts. In addition, Valley Design’s Employee Sharing Tree presented Christmas in Fillmore County with 200 plus gift cards totaling over $5,000. The next stop was the Fillmore County Food Shelf. Employees unloaded 5,785 pounds of food along with a cash donation of $4,000. This year we also want to thank Costco Wholesale. Some of the foods for the Fillmore County Food Shelf were purchased through Costco. In return, Costco donated numerous toys to Christmas in Fillmore County. Thank you for sharing. Looking ahead to 2019, Valley Design employees wish you a blessed and healthy 2019.
Semcac administers the Christmas in Fillmore County program and operates the Fillmore County Food Shelves (located in Preston and Rushford, MN). Thank you to the generosity of Valley Design employees! Their donation helped so many families, children and seniors during the holiday season!