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Supporting a Children’s Foundation with Bicycles

Terminix is donating bicycles to A Soldier’s Child (ASC) Foundation which serves the offspring of fallen U.S. servicemen and women by supporting safe cycling.

Following initial donations by company branches in Houston in March 2020, Terminix branches across Texas have donated 31 bicycles to 14 families under the on-going program which requires participating brances that experience incident-free months to make bicycle donations.

The partnership began during a field leadership summit in January of 2020, when Terminix introduced its branch, service and sales managers to the organization. Each of the more than 1,200 attendees was asked to bring a children’s toy to the meeting to donate to the organization.

A Soldier’s Child (ASC) Foundation offers love to bereaved children, Honor for the memory of the fallen and a Hope to encourage children to live a courageous life through yearly birthday celebrations, summer camps, mentorship programs, and facilitating in secondary/college scholarships.

Keith Davies, a Terminix outside sales professional from the North Houston branch who recently had the opportunity to deliver a bicycle to a child who had lost a parent, comments: “It was very special, very rewarding.

“At the end of the day, fallen soldiers are our heroes. When they give their lives while defending our freedoms, sometimes there is a young child left behind. It’s a way to help these kids and show them that we are grateful for their parent’s sacrifice. It’s a fantastic program.”

Jim Odom, one of the company’s sales managers in the Houston area, was so moved by his teammates’ response and the mission of the foundation that he he contacted its founder and executive director, Daryl JW Mackin – thus giving root to the relationship which has steadily developed between the two organizations.

Patrick Page, a branch manager for Terminix in Fort Worth, also says he’s proud to support the cause. He explains, “My father was in the military for 20 years, so this was something that immediately connected us. This program is such a great way to give back to our community. We are humbled to have the opportunity to work safely, while helping others.”

Macklin adds: “Terminix has been a great partner for the children we serve in the Texas area.

“It was a blessing to meet with the corporate executives and connect with the company managers last year. I am thrilled that some of the managers kept in touch and initiated ideas to do more for our ASC kids. Because of them, Terminix continued in giving, by sharing some joy with our Dallas and Houston area families. Any gesture of love and honor to these special American families aids in the healing of their hurting hearts. They deserve to know we care, and what they have been through matters to us.”

Terminix has also partnered with HirePurpose, an organization that focuses on helping transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses find careers. In 2020, the company was also nominated for the United States Secretary of Defense Freedom Award which recognises employers who go above and beyond to support active members of reserve forces and their families.

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