Crosby Campaign Raises $50,000 for Children of Fallen Patriots
|Crosby Presents the Donation to Children of Fallen Patriots
Through the combined support of its loyal channel partners, users, and employees throughout the United States, Crosby doubled its goal of raising $25,000 for the charitable organization.
Fallen Patriots provides college scholarships and educational counseling to children who have lost a military parent in the line of duty.
After government programs, students who’ve lost a military parent see an average shortfall of $25,000 in college funding.
This is the third year Crosby and its partners have come together to support the Fallen Patriots.
To date, Rigging for the Troops campaigns have raised a total of $125,000 for this worthy cause.
From Sept. 1 through Oct. 31 of this year, The Crosby Group donated $500 for every Crosby and ACCO in-person training event it hosted in the US.
In addition, proceeds from the popular User’s Guide for Lifting online training course during this time went toward the goal.
Crosby’s channel partners and users contributed by sponsoring the campaign with donations to Fallen Patriots.
This year’s sponsors were Bishop Lifting Products Inc.; Central States Crane & Hoist; Certex USA; Core Lifting Products; Crane Training & Safety Consultants; Dakota Riggers; Fluor Corporation; Fulcrum Lifting; Global Rigging & Synthetics; Hanes Supply Inc.; Heco Slings; Holloway Houston Inc.; Industrial Training International; International Union of Operating Engineers; Industrial Scale Company; John Sakach Co.; Mazzella Companies; Metro Wire Rope Corporation; Peak Trading Corporation; The Carpenter Group; US Cargo Control; West Coast Wire Rope & Rigging Inc.; and media sponsors Crane Hot Line and Lift & Access (publications of Heartland Communications Group).
Robert Desel, CEO of The Crosby Group, said: “We sincerely appreciate our channel partners, end users, and employees who, once again, made this year’s campaign a tremendous success. We are honored to make this donation to further support the Foundation’s important mission and help meet the educational needs of Gold Star children.”
Cynthia Kim, co-founder and co-chief of staff of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, said: “Fallen Patriots is truly honored to partner with The Crosby Group. Not every patriot wears the uniform, and it's patriots like Crosby who make our mission possible. Your generosity sends a message to the children left behind, that they are not forgotten, and their fellow Americans honor the service and sacrifice of their parent. Thank you for ensuring these children have the bright future their parents would have wanted for them. You’re giving them hope and resilience.”
About 25,000 children have lost an active-duty parent in the military over the last 35 years. Of those, 97% of casualties are men, leaving behind single mothers to care for their families.
Some 60% of those families report having trouble making ends meet.
The foundation said that $625 million is needed nationwide to cover the gap between government assistance and the actual cost of a degree.
Since 2002, Fallen Patriots has provided more than $61million in total assistance to more than 2,700 military children with more than 900 graduates.
The Crosby Group has trained more than 500,000 rigging professionals since launching its training program in 1991. With a US manufacturing footprint that includes plants in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Alabama, The Crosby Group’s involvement with the country’s military stretches back to its earliest days, supplying shackles and other hardware for military equipment. Today, more than 40 US Veterans work in the company’s facilities designing, manufacturing, and distributing the best rigging hardware and material handling equipment in the world.