Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Christmas party for the workforce of Schmidt + Clemens (S+C), the stainless steel specialist based in Lindlar, Germany, has regrettably had to be canceled. On the other hand, S+C has taken this as an opportunity to launch an alternative good cause: the S+C donation marathon.
“It is a matter of great importance to me that in difficult times like the present we should also help those who are not as well-off as ourselves,” says S+C’s CEO Jan Schmidt-Krayer. “We have come through the year in reasonably good shape, and this has given us the idea of donating some of the money we would otherwise have spent on the Christmas party to help organizations in the region.”
On November 30, 2020, therefore, Jan Schmidt-Krayer will be presenting checks with donations to the following bodies and organizations:
The Voluntary Fire Service of the Municipality of Lindlar: €5,000.00
The check will be handed to Dr. Georg Ludwig, Mayor of Lindlar, and First Alderman Michael Eyer
“Unsere Speisekammer”, a foodbank operating in Lindlar and Frielingsdorf: €1,000.00
The check will be handed to Heinz Wüste of the Catholic Parish of Lindlar
The “Seniorengemeinschaft”, an Old Folks organization in the Parish of St. Apollinaris: €500.00
The check will be handed to Ms. Katharina Hagen
On December 3, 2020, checks will be presented to:
The “Johannes Hospiz Stiftung”, a hospice foundation in Wiehl: €2,500.00
The check will be handed to Dr. Jorg Nürmberger
Teamwork Africa e.V.: €5,000.00
The check will be handed to Dr. Stephan Schwabe
The “Oberbergische Tafel e.V.”, a regional foodbank organization: €1,000.00
The check will be handed to Mr. Ullrich Pfeiffer
“As a family-owned enterprise, we also have a sense of responsibility towards the people in our region,” Jan Schmidt-Krayer emphasizes. “Consequently, S+C has been supporting charity projects, amateur and professional sports activities, as well as a variety of educational projects for many years”.
For a number of years now, S+C has been involved in the Lindlarer Student Prize and the Lindlar-Ost Elementary School with the aim of inspiring young people with enthusiasm for the natural sciences. The partnership with the various educational levels provided by Gummersbach Independent Christian Denominational School is another example of the role played by S+C in the region.
“Unfortunately, we are not able to respond positively to all requests for donations and sponsoring, as there are quite simply too many,” Jan Schmidt-Krayer says with regret. “But we look very carefully at all the projects involved before making our decisions.”
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