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CMEF Concludes Another Successful Season of Christmas Collections for Toys for Tots

As we recently reported here on Construction Citizen, ABC Houston’s Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) collaborated this holiday season with Performance Contractors to serve as a designated Toys for Tots drop-off location, hoping to reach children in need throughout the Houston area.  Their efforts paid off as approximately 2,000 toys were donated by Performance towards the Toys for Tots effort.

Pictured above with the toys donated by Performance Contractors are Brandon Mabile of Performance, Larry Toutcheque of Performance, Haley Smith of Performance, Michael Richter of CMEF, and Blair Williamson of CMEF.

Blair Williamson, CMEF’s Director of Training and Development and NCCER Primary Administrator, said:

“We, at CMEF, wanted to help out as much as we possibly could to make Christmas a little better for kids in the Houston area.  We got set up with Toys for Tots in Baytown and reached out to our contributing contractors for support.  As you can tell, Performance Contractors stepped up in a really big way.  We can’t be thankful enough to Brandon Mabile at Performance for helping to organize this toy drive.  Performance Contractors should be absolutely proud and impressed of how their employees stepped up.  This will ensure that Christmas is a little more special for a lot of kids.”

Brandon Mabile, Business Development Manager at Performance Contractors, remarked:

“Performance is extremely proud to have received so many toy donations from our employees throughout the greater Houston area.  We are truly blessed to be able to help in providing a merry Christmas to some of those less fortunate in the area.”

Beginning in October, CMEF used their classrooms and conference rooms to collect toys donated by local contractors to be distributed through the U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program during the week before Christmas.  Williamson expressed his gratitude to all the local contractors who helped make this year’s effort a big success.  He said:

“Obviously Performance Contractors did an amazing job, but I would also like to give a big thank you to Matthew Knight and his team at Aggregate Technologies, Inc.  Their staff purchased and donated multiple toys to give to this effort.  The overwhelming support that we got from the contractor community, more specifically, Performance Contractors and Aggregate Technologies, was amazing.  I am super proud of all organizations involved.  This proves that when we all come together for a common goal, we can achieve great things.”

On December 19, several representatives from Performance arrived at CMEF with the final loads of collected toys which were then turned over to the Toys for Tots organization.  Pictured below with some of the toys are Katelyn Bailey (CMEF), Katon Duffey (CMEF), Cheri Stokley (CMEF), Donna Sandlin (CMEF), Kristin McAdams (CMEF), Ray Hernandez (Performance), Andy Prado (Performance), Blair Williamson (CMEF), and Michael Richter (CMEF).

Although the annual toy collection for 2017 is over, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation accepts monetary gifts throughout the year.  Learn more about how you can get involved by visiting their website.