As we enjoy this holiday season, I wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation for the year we have had here at Bender Apparel and Bender Signs. It seems even more appropriate that we take time to express our gratitude as 2018 was a year full of ups and downs. As many of you know, Hurricane Florence brought overwhelming tragedy to our community this past September. Our facilities were unharmed but some of our employees experienced devastating loss. However, the loss we experienced also brought opportunity, opportunity that we are truly grateful for. We have been able to partner with organizations such as Temple Baptist Church, 8 Days of Hope, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and many others to work to rebuild our community. This type of community service and camaraderie has impacted our business and we will continue to be a part of this type of work from here on out.
As an employer, I also want to take a moment to express my appreciation for our staff. When we hire new employees for Bender Apparel and Bender Signs, we ensure that we are hiring employees who embody compassion. I am proud of the team we have at Bender Apparel and their willingness to not only work hard on products but to also work hard to serve the community. This past year we have had the pleasure of teaming up with RCS, a community outreach program in New Bern, North Carolina. Each month three or four of our employees volunteer at RCS to help with whatever is needed from sorting food and/or clothing donations, to filing paperwork, or even facility maintenance. This type of giving spirit is possible because of each and every employee’s compassion and willingness to serve.
Finally, I want to take you – our loyal customers. I appreciate the support you gave during the Hurricane and subsequent flooding. You were patient, you were kind, and you were willing to support us in anyway possible. That means so much to me and to our staff. We appreciate your encouragement as we have grown and expanded, adding new locations, new services, and new techniques. Thank you for allowing us to serve you in all your marketing needs.