"What you all have done for us was wonderful, and I am so happy knowing that Marines and their families will continue to benefit from this program. The lives of active duty members and their families can be quite stressful, and having a week to relax, reconnect and recharge is so necessary to keeping the family unit strong.
"Much thanks to you and all your contributing members for the wonderful food, beautiful accommodations and the great experience we had.
"Would love to see a program like this at Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejuene!"
- GySgt. Rodney Harris, Alicia Harris and R.J. Harris
(The BB&T Insurance office in Hilton Head, SC supported Operation R&R, a program that enables military families to rest and reconnect after deployments.)
“We are appreciative of BB&T and its employees. Because of their generosity, we will be better positioned to educate families and prevent water-related injuries and deaths in the Low country.”
- Louise Welch, regional director of the American Red Cross, Carolina Lowcountry Chapter, Charleston, S.C.
(More than 80 BB&T employees were trained as certified WHALE Tales instructors to teach safe swimming behavior in and around the water to area children.)
“We are privileged to receive such generosity in financial resources and volunteer time. Not only will this help improve the looks of our day center, but it will allow us to have a wonderful nursery and a computer room that will greatly assist the families we serve.”
- Debbie Butner, executive director of Family Promise of Forsyth County, Kernersville, N.C.
(BB&T employees helped renovate the day care center by installing laminate flooring, staining a deck, setting up a nursery, replacing shutters, painting and cleaning.)
“We want to thank BB&T insurance for their generous donation. We are facing a decline in local donations and a sizeable increase in people in need of food assistance. We are serving approximately 6,000 additional people a month compared to the same time last year. This food will really help us in our mission to feed the less fortunate in our area.”
- Larry Logan, executive director of the United Way Community Food Bank, Birmingham, Ala.
(BB&T insurance employees organized area food drives, sorted food donations, labeled donations for area food pantries and stocked shelves at the warehouse.)
“We wish to thank the many employees of BB&T in Loganville who have done so much hard work at The Alcove Inc. Youth Shelter. We really appreciate the help you are giving with your labor and funds for the youth in shelter care. We give children a safe place to live in a time of crisis, and try to help families cope with the day-to-day stress of this difficult time.”
- Angela Cleland, interim executive director of The Alcove Inc., Loganville, Ga.
“BB&T’s commitment to our community is a great help to the Saylor family’s effort to become homeowners. Caring folks like these help make the dream of homeownership possible.”
- Marlin Yoder, executive director of Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity, Danville, Va.
(BB&T employees painted the interior of a Habitat for Humanity home in the Cascade community.)
“This is such a wonderful gift to the children and parents that we work with. BB&T is helping relieve stress for so many families as well as making the start of school a positive celebration with the “Back to School Bash” party at Neighborhood House.”
- Pam Rice, executive director of Neighborhood House, Louisville, Ky.
(BB&T insurance employees donated school supplies, packed 95 backpacks with supplies for students and provided a dinner for students.)
“We’re grateful to BB&T for the opportunity to create a project that has such a powerful community impact. We are thrilled to be able to share the museum, planetarium and aquarium with approximately 350 children in a single day. The organization and planning support of BB&T volunteers was invaluable and, quite honestly, I’m still in awe at how eager volunteers were to jump into the fray as tour guides for the day.”
- Jeff Rodgers, education director of the South Florida Museum, Bradenton, Fla.
(BB&T insurance employees assembled and donated bags of school supplies and hygiene products for each of the 350 children. Employees also were trained as museum tour guides to accommodate museum tours for the children.)
“When I was in school my sisters and I would attend Beth-el Farm Workers Ministry summer programs. They purchased shoes for us and would even take us skating. They would help families like ours and would make things easy in hard times. I am literally so happy I could cry that BB&T will support this organization.” - Teller, Tampa, Fla.
“How many companies do you know that would allow their employees time off to do this? I think it’s just fantastic.”
- Customer service supervisor, Roanoke, Va.
“Day to day we take for granted our homes, our comfortable beds, the refrigerator, etc.- This project made me stop and think about those that don't have these options. It saddens me, and I think no child should be homeless. It has made a great impression on me that we need to take care of our children and I am dedicated to this organization to help StandUp for Kids in any way I can.”
- Commercial insurance account manager, Fullerton, Calif.