Greenville Employees Fund Local Education, Support the Komen Foundation, with Box Tops, Labels and Lids — Every Little Bit Makes a Difference
February 1, 2012

In addition to their many other charitable initiatives, KBR Building Group employees in Greenville, South Carolina, have discovered a small, but effective way to support their local schools. For more than a year, they have been collecting “Labels for Education” and “Box Tops for Education. “ As of January 2012, Greenville employees have collected 129 Labels for Education and $38.60 worth of Box Tops for Education. 

“What started out as an isolated idea in November 2010, has grown into a habit,” said Mitzi Scarborough, office manager. “Although the total monetary value per month is not extraordinary, we know that every little bit helps and that we are making a difference. The program is almost effortless for us.  We simply buy products we probably would purchase anyway. These special labels and box tops can be found on numerous products — Campbell’s Soups, Cheerios, Ole El Paso Dinner Kits, granola bars, margarine… even Avery office supplies. There are way too many items to mention by name.”

Most people collect the labels and box tops for a few weeks at a time, and then bring a batch into the office. Once a month, Scarborough and others determine which school should be the recipient of that month’s collection. To date, each school chosen has had some type of connection to KBR Building Group or one of its employees — Dacusville Elementary where the grandson of Janice Arledge attends; Bethel Elementary School, where Mark Byrd’s wife is Principal; and Thomas E. Kerns Elementary, constructed by KBR Building Group almost six years ago. 

For 2012, the Greenville office decided to add another charitable campaign to their list —  Yoplait’s “Save Lids to Save Lives” — which supports the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation to fund local breast cancer programs.  As of mid-January, KBR Building Group’s Greenville employees had already collected eight lids from Yoplait yogurt cups. “We want to encourage employees company-wide to take the KBR Healthy Steps Challenge and support Yoplait’s “Save Lids to Save Lives” campaign,” said Scarborough. “Yogurt is a healthy snack and it’s for a great cause.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of my colleagues.  A little effort on our part goes a long way to help those who really need it,” said Greenville’s Tim Parker, Vice President, Business Development, KBR Building Group.

More about Labels for Education — For more than 38 years, Labels for Education has been awarding free educational equipment to schools in exchange for proofs of purchase from the Campbell family of brands. It’s a fun, easy program where students, families and members of the community work together for a common goal. Today, over 60,000 schools and organizations are registered with Labels for Education, benefiting more than 42 million students. Over the years, the program has been able to provide more than $114 million in merchandise to America's schools! Learn more at http://www.labelsforeducation.com/About-the-Program

More About Box Tops for Education — Box Tops for Education, sponsored by General Mills, has helped America’s schools earn over $400 million since 1996. Over $59 million was earned in the 2010-2011 School Year! Earn cash for a school by clipping Box Tops coupons from hundreds of participating products. Box Tops also offers easy ways to earn even more cash for the school online. Learn more at http://www.boxtops4education.com/learn/whyjoin.aspx

More About Save Lids to Save Lives — Over the last 13 years, Yoplait has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure through the Save Lids to Save Lives program. As a result, Yoplait has been able to donate over $30 million for breast cancer outreach programs across the country. Read more at http://yoplait.com/save-lids-save-lives/