Recently, the Galloway Patriot had the pleasure of joining Galloway Mayor Don Purdy and Absecon Mayor John Armstrong as they met with New Jersey Metro Regional Representatives of Home Depot, Absecon Home Depot Managers and Supervisors for a tour of the Absecon Home Depot.
Home Depot representatives explained Home Depot’s commitment to its customers and employees.
Upon arriving both Mayors were presented with honorary home depot employee plaques and aprons. Deena from the Absecon Home Depot store painted each individual apron for the Mayors with their township seal or community identifier. The Mayors began their tour of the store and the Region Representative Bob Blum, explained how The Absecon Home Depot store gives back to our community by providing for local schools, community services, veterans, and much more. The donation from the Absecon Home Depot to our community was impressive. The company as a whole does a lot for the communities in which they are located. Many people are unaware that they provided food and supplies to the victims of Super Storm Sandy. When you walk into the Home Depot store in Absecon, take notice of the bulletin board to the right of the door. You will see the awards and recognition plaques for service in the community.
The Mayors discovered that not only does the Absecon Home Depot give back to our communities but they give back to their employees. During the Super Storm Sandy they were taking an audit of their employees and families. All were accounted for but one. Al Spina, one of the managers, set out into Atlantic City to find that employee and their family and get them to shelter. The Home Depot really is a family and they take care of their employees. Las week the Absecon Home Depot had an employee pass away. To help his family they are holding a pancake breakfast to raise money. The Home Depot organization helps even further by matching the money raised locally.
During the tour, the Mayors were introduced to Ta’ Ja of Ta’ Ja Construction. Ta’ Ja is well known at Home Depot. He has donated a lot of money and time helping local communities rebuild and repair. Recently, he donated one thousand back packs and one hundred gift certificates to families at a back to school night. This Absecon resident is a true community giver and the Home Depot of Absecon assists him as much as possible.
The Mayors learned that the Home Depot and many of their customers are people who “pay it forward”. After the learning about the Home Depot’s core values. There was a sit down discussion with Mayors Don Purdy and John Armstrong about what the Home Depot can do to help our local community.