Gifting for the Greater Good

DEMDACO employees assemble Heart to Heart hygiene kits. Employees choose where to volunteer their time through Lift the Spirit days, a company-wide initiative to encourage and reflect a culture of giving back.

Gifts and Decorative Accessories‘ recent article Gifting for the Greater Good featured several companies in the gift industry, and the ways they give back.  DEMDACO was one of the companies that were featured.  Our mission is to Lift the Spirit.  Our Lift the Spirit days is one of the ways we’re living out our mission.  We’re grateful to have been included in this article.  (article is reprinted with permission)

Gifting for the Greater Good
Consumers care about more than just the quality of products, which is why buyers are increasingly interested in what a company supports through charitable initiatives and social responsibility, including how products are made and the impact on the environment.

by Becky Tyre

Carrie Adams is training to be a dog handler. As part of the Confidence Team at Wayside Waifs, a pet adoption center and rescue organization, Adams sits on a blanket in a dog kennel reading to shy, fearful dogs who are learning to trust humans. Most volunteers at the Kansas City facility are pet lovers who spend their days o helping shelter pets, but as a customer service supervisor at DEMDACO, Adams is able to utilize Lift the Spirit work days to volunteer instead of going into the office. According to Jonathan Jones, Cultural Conversation Leader, Lift the Spirit days replace paid time off and community time off with compensated volunteer days that better reflect the mission that working at DEMDACO is as much a human endeavor as a financial initiative.

The company’s Community Involvement Team organizes company-wide events that include an annual Giving Day, but the 160 employees schedule their Lift the Spirit days to give back to their communities through organizations of their choice. “DEMDACO gives us the opportunity to make it our mission to do more, give a little more of ourselves and encourages us to leave our mark in a positive way when and however we can,” Adams said.

Like DEMDACO, many vendors are opting for a more socially responsible work culture and product, but that’s only part of the formula for today’s buying world. Vendors and retailers must work together to make the most impact.

Lifting Spirits in Philadelphia

At DEMDACO we strive to Lift the Spirit in consumers, in each other, and in our communities.  We’re always looking for other people, organizations, or companies that are lifting the spirits of others as well.  Rosa’s Pizzeria in Philadelphia is doing just that.  Check out this video and see the way they’re helping their community feed hungry people.  #liftthespirit

2017 Lift the Spirit Awards

At DEMDACO, we strive to Lift the Spirit in consumers, in each other and in our communities.

Each year, our OneCoast sales partners nominate retailers that are lifting the spirit in their communities to be chosen for a Lift the Spirit Award.  The awards go to the retailers that best demonstrate our mission: Lift the Spirit. The winners are announced at the National Sales and Training Meeting each December.  DEMDACO makes a donation to each winner’s charity of choice.

Thank you to all of our retailers and congratulations to our 2017 Lift the Spirit Award winners!

A Honey of a Deal in Carrollton, TX
St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, ID
Rome Inspirations in Rochester, PA
Hip Chics Boutique in Clemmons, NC
Davlin’s in Maple Grove, MN

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Gratitude

Gratitude is a transformative attitude.  When we say “Thank You”, we are acknowledging someone else has provided for our need or has graciously given us more than we needed.  This is why children are taught at a young age to say, “Thank You”.  Gratefulness connects us to others in ways that go beyond words.

We believe saying “Thank You” is the easiest way to lift someone’s spirits.  Thanksgiving Day a great reminder to Lift the Spirit by being quick to offer thanks for what we have, and what we’ve been given.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Stories That Lift the Spirit – Las Vegas

It’s been amazing to watch how the people of Las Vegas came together to help each in the face of recent tragedy. Goodness does emerge in the face of evil. We’re always looking for stories of people lifting the spirits of others.  Check out this amazing story from earlier this year. It’s a glimpse into how the people of Las Vegas look out for each other.