Did you know that Simmons gives donations to many different deserving charities every year? Each holiday season, someone different is chosen. Simmons’ Owner/President, Bruce Gillilan says, “We usually select charities to whom we will contribute based upon personal experiences of employees and sometimes customers. We also have chosen to give to groups such as the Red Cross during times of disaster recovery.” Other past recipients include the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Spina Bifida Association of America.


In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Simmons employees contribute a monetary gift for the Susan G. Komen organization that supports the education and research of breast cancer every October. This gift is generously matched by Bruce. Additionally, each quarter a charitable organization is nominated to receive a $10 donation for each completed customer satisfaction survey. Recipients in 2014 included Make-A-Wish America, Ronald McDonald House, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and the American Heart Association. Sometimes we are lucky enough to select a charity close to a customer’s heart as evidenced by this customer comment, “I have used you for the almost 10 years I have been with the company. My daughter was born for Aeortis Stenosis and has had open heart surgery!” This is one example of a family helped by the American Heart Association.


Volunteering your time or expertise and participating in community, school and/or church fundraisers are all great ways to support causes that are close to your heart. Research suggests that benefits come from donating to charities or volunteering your time, like at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter. Simmons has held a food drive for PADS Shelter Sites for the past few years. Bruce and his wife, Marta, volunteered their time at this shelter for one night each month for almost 18 years.  So, whether you buy gifts, volunteer your time, or donate money throughout the year, your giving is much more than just a yearly chore/requirement. It may help you build stronger social connections and even jumpstart a cascade of generosity through your community. Bruce adds, “Giving to charity is part of being a responsible person or organization in our society. Obviously, without those who will contribute, none of the worthy charitable organizations would exist and the needs of many would go unanswered.”


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