RV manufacturer Jayco Inc. and its employees have donated more than $31,000 to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), which is taking an active part in helping the victims of the Southeast Asia tsunami, according to the Goshen (Ind.) News.
More than $15,000 was raised in contributions from Jayco’s 1,400 employees, which was matched by the Middlebury, Ind., company. “I had no idea what to expect, but I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support to this enormous need,” said Jayco President Derald Bontrager.
MCC, which has pledged to deliver $12 million in relief to the area, plans to send 22,000 relief kits to Indonesia, which will be distributed by MCC associates who are currently working in the disaster area. A Jayco committee overseeing the donation effort agreed that the relief kits would be a satisfactory use of the money. Each $40 kit contains bath soap, detergent, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, bandages and other items.
“The Tsunami catastrophe in Asia has touched the hearts of all Americans,” Bontrager said. “From the earliest days of our company, the people of Jayco have understood the important of reaching out to those in need. When on person suffers, we all suffer.”