CN is a national icon and a very large company, but it isn’t forgetting the communities that have made it successful.
And Dave Simpson, a retired CN employee and the Belleville Salvation Army want to make sure the company has a chance to give locally.
A few years ago, CN introduced the Railroaders in the Community Program whereby the company donates cash to the charities employees and its pensioners are supporting.
Dave Simpson, and his wife Donna, are supporting the Salvation Army.
“The Salvation Army is one of the best, if not the best, charity around. They help people in need no matter who they are, all year round”, said Mr. Simpson as he prepared to go out to again man a kettle at Walmart with his wife (known to many shoppers as Mrs. Claus).
If Dave puts in 40 hours at the kettle, CN will kick in five hundred dollars. And if Donna also works 40 hours CN will donate another two hundred and fifty dollars to the Belleville Salvation Army.
And, CN has more to give. If Dave were to recruit another CN employee or pensioner to the cause, the company would kick in another five hundred dollars as a sort of “finders fee”.
Dave hopes others will join in to help “the Army”. “CN’s cash is there and would really help less fortunate people in our community. It’s a good deal.”
Volunteer Coordinator and Kettle Campaign manager Debbie Scott says it would be great if a group of CN retirees got together and adopted a kettle location. “The company’s donation would make a huge difference for us”.