Hardware’s soft spot for altruism: 5 good deeds from around the industry


The second weekend of July saw 11 motorcyclists taking off on their steeds to raise $100,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The bikers, a mix of Ace employees and affiliates, rode from Illinois to Michigan as part of the 6th annual Ace Hardware Foundation “Motorcycle Miracle Mission.” The foundation has raised more than $54 million for children’s hospitals since 1991.


No one ever completely escapes the heat, but thanks to Electrolux, some disadvantaged folks in the Southeast United States might be able to cope with it a little better this summer. The company donated 1,000 air conditioners, valued at about $150,000, to individuals and families in Charlotte, N.C.; Anderson, S.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Springfield, Tenn.


National non-profit home builder Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) recently built a specially adapted home for Marine Corporal Tony Mullis and his wife Jeanie in Hawkinsville, Ga. The project relied heavily on the volunteer labor of contractors and skilled workers, as well as donated goods from building materials suppliers.


This past July 1 seemed like as good a day as any to give back to the troops. Lowe’s organized a charity grill-off in Washington, D.C., featuring “Grill Sergeants” from each branch of the military. Hundreds of servicemen and women feasted on their wares, and the proceeds ($100,000) went to USO.


National Nail Crop. volunteered to lend a helping hand at Community Repair Day, a collaborative effort by Home Repair Services and the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids. On June 22 and 27, NNC built two wheelchair ramps at two local homes.

Where there’s heavy machinery, there’s often concern for one’s fellow man. Check out these five charitable deeds enacted by some of the industry’s biggest names.