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  • MH Equipment Provides Big Assist For Salvation Army Disaster Efforts for Central Illinois

    $250,000 Donation from MH Equipment/His First Foundation to be Utilized for Disaster Victims  

    The Salvation Army has been hard at work aiding victims in the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes that swept through central Illinois in November, and a local company is stepping forward in a big way to aid the recovery of victims.

    “We are overwhelmed by the support of MH Equipment in assisting The Salvation Army with recovery efforts,” said Major Evie Diaz, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Heartland Division. “We have hired a case manager to assist victims with getting back on their feet, and this very generous donation will lead the effort,” said Diaz.

    MH Equipment CEO John Wieland made the donation on behalf of the employees of the company and shared their impetus for such a large gift. “Our hearts go out to those hurting from the November tornadoes, and the employees at MH Equipment want to help make a difference,” said Wieland. “Our foundation supports many areas of service and one area is to support non-denominational organizations whose mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ as well as meeting the physical needs of people in His Name. I can’t think of a better organization than The Salvation Army to partner with for this purpose,” said Wieland.

    The Salvation Army intends to have staff designated to help with those affected by the tornadoes as long as is necessary, and will begin its long-term case work in January.  The funds from MH Equipment and His First Foundation will be used to provide generous, non-prescriptive help to families at The Salvation Army’s discretion.

    “MH Equipment and His First Foundation supports many worthwhile endeavors and we wanted central Illinois to know of their unselfish giving to those in need, whether here or in other areas of the country,” said Diaz.

    For more information on the gift, or The Salvation Army’s disaster efforts, contact Rich Draeger with the Salvation Army at (309) 655-1348 or Captain Katherine Clausell at (309) 655-7220.

     

     

    About MH Equipment

    At MH Equipment, we believe that People Matter! It is our vision to be regarded as an employer of choice, a trustworthy partner, and an ethical market leader in our communities by providing our customers innovative solutions and unparalleled value.

    As such, we are committed to providing solutions that will help you shift the focus from your material handling requirements back to your business. MH Equipment offers a vast selection of comprehensive solutions to fit your individual material handling needs…from simple routine maintenance to all-inclusive fleet management programs, our team stands ready to provide unparalleled value and service!

    We understand that you have a choice when purchasing material handling equipment and services and it would be our great pleasure to be included in that decision!

    About His First Foundation

    At MH Equipment, we believe that providing exceptional customer service is a core building block for every business. However, as a company we also believe that it is as equally important for OUR business to fulfill the opportunities, placed before us daily, to improve the communities in which we live. We feel it is our responsibility to come alongside our employees in their charitable efforts in order to make positive impacts in the lives of those around us.

    For this purpose, in 2001 we established our His First Foundation. Our Foundation was created to support our employees’ passions with their charitable efforts in the areas of faith, secular good works, and acts of kindness.

  • Shoeboxes Full of Fun for Kids Less Fortunate

    MH Equipment employees from across the Midwest generously donated to Operation Christmas Child, an annual drive sponsored by the charity Samaritan’s Purse. Shoeboxes filled of both fun and practical items for young people were gathered to be taken to children in less fortunate countries – who might not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas.

    John Wieland, CEO announced that there was a total of 856 boxes, an increase of 206 boxes over last year.  The vast majority of MH branches increased their total from last year with a few branches actually doubling their total!

    A feature that many are looking forward to is a code on the box that allows a donation to be tracked to its final destination.  “I’m excited to track where my box ends up, it’s for a little girl.”, said Accountant Barb Blair

    All of MH is looking forward to finding out where their box ended up.  Also new this year, Uncle Si, of Duck Dynasty fame is a spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child. Take a look at his fun video explaining why he is involved.

    Operation Christmas Child is operated by Samaritan’s Purse, headquartered in Boon, North Carolina. Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have received boxes from Operation Christmas Child. After they leave MH Equipment branches, they will be shipped to processing centers located in Atlanta; Charlotte; Boone, NC; Denver; Honolulu; Minneapolis; Orange County, California; and the Dallas/Fort Worth area where they will be inspected and prepared for shipment overseas.

     

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  • Operation Christmas Child is underway at MH Equipment!

    Employees at each of our 28 locations are hard at work filling shoe boxes with toys and other creature comforts to come alongside Operation Christmas child in an effort to provide Christmas gifts to needy children overseas. These boxes will be distributed to children who might not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas.

    We were sent an early picture from Charleston, West Virginia where the current count is 50 boxes!

    Thank you, Charleston Branch for your generous donations!

    Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ. 

    If you are interested in participating in Operation Christmas child, you can visit their website HERE… now, take a minute to listen to some helpful hints from Uncle Si from on how to pack your box…

    About MH Equipment

    At MH Equipment, we believe that People Matter! It is our vision to be regarded as an employer of choice, a trustworthy partner, and an ethical market leader in our communities by providing our customers innovative solutions and unparalleled value.

    As such, we are committed to providing solutions that will help you shift the focus from your material handling requirements back to your business. MH Equipment offers a vast selection of comprehensive solutions to fit your individual material handling needs…from simple routine maintenance to all-inclusive fleet management programs, our team stands ready to provide unparalleled value and service!

    We understand that you have a choice when purchasing material handling equipment and services and it’s our great pleasure to be included in that decision!

    Please contact us if you have any questions and remember, at MH Equipment… People Matter!

  • Louisville Champions Fundraising Effort to Benefit Local Food Pantry

    During the recent Battle of the Branches, MH vs. Hunger,  the team in Louisville took a different approach to make the most of their donations.  Donna Petty, Service Coordinator, championed a fundraising effort for Dare to Care Food Bank.  Because of their purchasing power, Dare to Care was able to turn every quarter donated into a dollars worth of food!

    In addition to providing food to hundreds of emergency kitchens, shelters and food pantries, Dare to Care operates several programs targeting the most vulnerable in the community.  Last year Dare to Care distributed food for 13 million meals to those in need in the 13 county Kentuckiana service area.

    In addition to the 200 food  items donated, the Louisville branch also contributed $810.00 dollars, or $3240.00 “Dare to Care dollars”.

    Joe Bradley, Construction Rental Manager said “We really feel we got more bang for the buck that way!  Under the tremendous leadership of the amazing Ms. Petty, we feel that indeed we pulled together to support a very worthy cause and made a difference.”

    Great job, Louisville!

     

  • MH Equipment vs. Hunger 2013

    Lexington, KY – May 15, 2013:  MH Equipment held their 3rd annual “Battle of the Branches” to benefit local food pantries during the month of April.  All 26 MH Equipment branches participated in collecting over 15,000 food items for food pantries in their communities. John Wieland, CEO said “Not everyone has enough food to put on their table. We feel blessed and honored that we are able to give back to our community food banks.”

    The Lexington branch claimed their second Battle of the Branches competition in three years by collecting 2,434 items (152 items per employee) and earned the rights to another year with the Battle of the Branches traveling trophy!   More importantly, they will receive a $500.00 donation from the His First Foundation to their community food bank of choice, God’s Pantry Food Bank, which serves 50 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky. http://www.godspantry.org/

    Wieland adds, “A carpenter once said ‘it is more blessed to give than receive’. This is true and I am humbled by the giving nature of MH Equipment’s employees and thank them for their contributions. Congratulations to Lexington on their Battle of the Branches win!”

    About MH Equipment 

    MH Equipment is a privately owned business founded in 1952 that today employs more than 700 workers across the Midwest. Beginning as one of the smallest Hyster forklift dealerships in the United States, MH Equipment has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing material handling service providers in the country, now with 26 locations in 10 states.

    MH Equipment offers new and used Hyster and Yale* lift trucks, aerial work platforms, floor cleaning equipment, personnel carriers, rail car movers and other industrial, janitorial and material handling equipment. (*Select locations)

    The MH Equipment family of companies also includes MH JCB which sells new and pre-owned JCB construction equipment, Iowa Machinery which sells industrial chemicals, parts and supplies, MH Fleet that provides fleet management solutions, MH Railcar Mover that offers new and used railcar movers and MH Used Equipment that features used equipment. For more information, including employment opportunities, visit www.mhequipment.com

    About His First Foundation

    At MH Equipment, we believe that providing exceptional customer service is a core building block for every business. However, as a company we also believe that it is as equally important for OUR business to fulfil the opportunities, placed before us daily, to improve the communities in which we live. We feel it is our responsibility to come alongside our employees in their charitable efforts in order to make positive impacts in the lives of those around us.

    For this purpose, in 2001 we established our His First Foundation. Our Foundation was created to support our employees’ passions with their charitable efforts in the areas of faith, secular good works, and acts of kindness.

    Faith-Based Organizations
    “His First Foundation” will support non-denominational organizations whose mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ as well as meeting the physical needs of people in His Name. Local churches and national denominations are exempt from this foundation.

    Secular “Good Works” Organizations
    “His First Foundation” will support organizations that perform “good works” for a community whose values are consistent with the Foundation.

    Acts of Kindness
    “His First Foundation” will come alongside people in need that are suffering because of circumstances completely out of their control.

  • MH Equipment & Habitat for Humanity of Iowa

    MH Equipment Des Moines was recently contacted by Habitat for Humanity of Iowa to help with a delivery of drywall that they received to complete their new office location. Within minutes, Mike DeFrancisco, Rental Manager, had coordinated for delivery of a truck and the donation of our time and equipment to make this happen!  Mike was on hand to run the Hyster fork truck and get the delivery off the truck in a safe and timely manner.

    Thank you Mike!

  • MH vs. Hunger | The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn

    In 2011 MH Equipment started a friendly competition between our branches to see who could collect the most non-perishable food items to their choice of local food pantries.  Our Battle of the Branches to Benefit Community Food Banks is now over and the winner of the coveted “Battle of the Branches” trophy for 2012 is Scott City who collected an astounding 209.7 items per employee!

    We would also like to congratulate the Lexington branch for an amazing 2nd Place finish with 203.5 items collected per employee! Lexington was the winner last year and came very close to a repeat performance in 2012. Since the results for Scott City and Lexington were so close, The His First Foundation will be giving an $500.00 to the food pantries of their choice along with a pizza party for both branches.

    In 2011, which was our first year, we collected 12,381 items company-wide to donate to our local food banks. This year we collected 24,359 items – a 97% increase over last year! AMAZING!

    It’s incredible to see how much of an impact we can have when we work together as a team. We would like to thank all of the great people at MH Equipment for having the passion to serve your community!

  • MH Equipment Makes 300 Kids Happy for Christmas!

    During the week of November 14-18, 2011 MH Equipment employees and their families were busy doing a little shopping. They then took what they purchased and filled shoe boxes with trinkets and toys for little boys and girls all over the world.  By the end of that week we were able to collect over 300 shoe boxes that will make their way to children in need. While individually a shoe box full of toys may seem like a small thing, collectively we were able to impact over 300 children and bring light and happiness where there might have been none before. What an amazing effort!

    For more than a decade, Samaritan’s Purse has answered the call to share the love of Jesus Christ with hurting children around the world. In 2010, nearly 8.2 million shoe box gifts were collected internationally from the United States and 12 other countries for  Operation Christmas Child . Since 1993, more than 85 million gift-filled shoe boxes have been distributed to children in more than 130 countries worldwide.

    Although the deadline to drop off shoe boxes was November 18,  you can still participate by going online to “Build” a box of your own! (Click here for details)

    We would like to thank everyone who participated in collecting and filling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child!   Because of your caring generosity, we will be making 300 kids who might not even know it is Christmas, happy this Christmas!  Thanks to everyone who participated and making this year’s Operation Christmas Child a HUGE SUCCESS!

     

  • Wild ride for Teamster – IN A TOILET!

    Washington state man gets the ride of his life – courtesy of a forklift.  ”It was one of those situations where it’s hard not to laugh,” said Todd Nelson, spokesman for Washington Closure Hanford.

    Click HERE to read the full Story from the Tri-City Herold

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation®

    2010 PSA – Click to watch video

    Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish®experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

    The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.

    Although it has become one of the world’s most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission.

    A network of nearly 25,000 volunteers enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.

    As the Foundation continues to mature, its mission will remain steadfast. Wish children of the past, present and future will have an opportunity to share the power of a wish®.

    Sources:

    http://www.wish.org/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTMxYGZk1H8

  • MH Equipment Supports Samaritan’s Purse

    Earlier this week, we had a blog post highlighting Samaritan’s Purse. As you read, Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

    At MH Equipment, one of our His First Foundation objectives is to provide assistant to those, through no fault of their own, are faced with hardship. That is why MH Equipment has come alongside our employees and aligned with Samaritan’s Purse to provide financial assistance to those facing famine in Africa.

    If you read the news, you will know that it has been hard to ignore the widespread devastation that is happening in Africa. What is happening in many African countries is nothing short of a tragedy. As a result of the worst drought in 60 years—worsened by civil conflict and rising food and fuel prices—tens of thousands have died, and millions more are malnourished and at risk of death. The crisis in Africa is an undeniable hardship currently being faced by millions of innocent men, women, and children. These people need help from those who are able and willing to provide assistance – MH Equipment felt that calling. Therefore, as mentioned, we have come along side our employees for charitable giving to Samaritan’s Purse by establishing automatic payroll deduction for those employees willing to make monthly donations. We have also aligned with Samaritan’s Purse as a corporate charity and recently provided $75,000 to assist with their emergency relief program in Africa.

    As a supporter of Samaritan’s Purse and the work they are doing in Africa and numerous other counties, we ask that you take a moment to review their website and see for yourself the great accomplishments of this organization. Visit their site at http://www.samaritanspurse.org

    If you have questions regarding MH Equipment’s alignment with Samaritan’s purse, please contact Dannelle Dahlhauser at ddahlhauser@mhequipment.com.

  • Samaritan’s Purse

    As one of our MH Equipment designated corporate charities, we are proud to highlight Samaritan’s Purse.

    Samaritan’s Purse Mission Statement:

    Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

    Founded by Bob Pierce in 1970, Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief organization currently headed by Franklin Graham, that provides immediate, no-red-tape response to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations (Especially in locations where few others are working). Samaritan’s Purse has worked in more than 100 countries to provide aid.

    Some of the ways Samaritan’s Purse provides assistance to others include:

    Emergency Relief Programs offer food, water, and temporary shelter to meet people’s critical needs and give them a chance to rebuild their lives as they are faced with war or famine. Efforts include:

    Community Development and Vocational Programs in impoverished villages and neighborhoods help people break the cycle of poverty and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Samaritan’s Purse impacts the lives of vulnerable children through educational, feeding, clothing, and shelter programs that let them know they are not forgotten.

    Operation Christmas Child is a ‘global Christmas gift exchange’ project operated by Samaritan’s Purse. Each November it opens thousands of locations, typically at churches or schools, to collect shoeboxes filled with toys,

    school supplies, personal items, and other gifts. These boxes are then distributed as Christmas gifts, accompanied by Christian literature. From 1993 through 2008, some 69 million gift boxes have been handed out in more than 130 countries.

    Disaster Relief responds to emergency situations. Samaritan’s Purse mobilizes teams of volunteers to repair houses damaged by natural disasters and provide basic necessities to those affected. The organization has four tractor-trailer units loaded with emergency supplies and equipment. Each can serve as a self-contained base in a disaster zone.

    Some of Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief activities include:

    World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, was founded in 1977 by brothers Dr. Richard Furman and Dr. Lowell Furman to enable doctors to serve short-term assignments at overwhelmed missionary hospitals. The Post-Residency Program supports physicians as they serve two-year terms in mission hospitals and consider becoming career missionaries. World Medical Mission also operates a warehouse that ships equipment and supplies to mission hospitals and provides them with technical support.

    Children’s Heart Project provides surgery for children born with heart defects in countries where proper care is not available. Children are brought to North America, where services are donated by hospitals, surgeons, and host families and churches.

    HIV/AIDS Projects mobilize private, church, corporate, and government resources to respond to the AIDS pandemic. In partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Samaritan’s Purse is working in East Africa with education about the disease and abstinence-based prevention programs.

    Turn on the Tap is a campaign to provide safe drinking water in the developing world. Samaritan’s Purse-Canada holds the license to build BioSand Water Filters, which can provide a family with a perpetual source of safe drinking water. Samaritan’s Purse also drills and repairs wells, sets up large-scale filters in disaster zones, and helps to educate communities in hygiene and sanitation.

    As you can tell from reading the long list of on-going projects by Samaritan’s Purse, that it is an amazing organization providing assistance to individuals in need world-wide. These efforts are just a few ways that tens of
    thousands of people have been assisted when it mattered most. MH Equipment is honored to be aligned with Samaritan’s Purse and to help make a difference in the lives of others.

    To learn more about Samaritan’s Purse, visit their website at: http://www.samaritanspurse.org

    Sources:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samaritan’s_Purse

    http://www.charitychoices.com/charities/SAMARITANSPURSE/default.asp

    http://demossnews.com/sp/press_kit/samaritans_purse_fact_sheet

    http://www.samaritanspurse.org

  • Lifesong for Orphans

    Have you ever wanted to make a difference in the life of a child? To help provide a child in need with the basic necessities of food, clothing, medical care, and shelter? To help provide him or her with a quality education as they learn fundamental Christian principles in a loving and supportive environment?

    At MH Equipment, we wanted to give our employees an opportunity to do just that and that is why we selected Lifesong for Orphans as one of our four corporate charities. As one of our corporate charities, our employees are given the opportunity to help support Lifesong through automatic payroll deduction.

    Lifesong for Orphans is an organization founded by Gary and Marla Ringger with the sole purpose of “bringing joy and purpose to orphans” by coming alongside people that are uniquely positioned to make a difference in a child’s life. Whether this be Christian couples eligible for adoption, indigenous orphan care leaders, churches, or missionaries.

    “Our Children” will have:

    Lifesong for Orphans is an amazing organization doing amazing things to make a difference in the lives of many children. MH Equipment is proud to sponsor Lifesong for Orphans.

    To learn more about Lifesong for Orphans, visit their website at http://www.lifesongfororphans.org.

  • Aiding Japan

    Pictures, videos and stories in the news regarding the devastation in Japan due to the earthquake and tsumani are heart-wrenching. In keeping with the MH value of investing in our communities, our His First Foundation is making a $15,000 donation to Samaritian’s Purse for disaster relief in Japan. His First Foundation, one of our corporate charities, is also matching employee donations for Japanese disaster relief.

    If you’re interesting in making a donation, please consider donating to Samaritian’s Purse for disaster relief. Not only are they helping Japan, but they are supporting many other relief projects as well.