Local PostNet Franchise Prints Oversized Check for “Good Morning America” Segment
The leading design, printing and shipping franchise in Lumberton, NC contributes to national morning television program’s coverage of a small town rebounding after hurricane
When a national disaster hits a small town like Lumberton, NC, the rest of the nation often has a chance to see Americans come together with a shared purpose of community, charity and giving back.
This is exactly what happened when Hurricane Matthew hit the Lumberton community, population just over 20,000, in the late fall of 2016. Though the aftermath of the storm forced hundreds of families to flee, destroyed thousands of homes, and closed schools for weeks on end, the Lumberton that Good Morning America discovered on a recent visit is a community that is intent on helping their neighbors heal.
“This morning we are in Lumberton, NC,” Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America. “It was a city that was devastated by Hurricane Matthew last fall. More than 350 families are still living in temporary shelters. The flooding destroyed the community center and West Lumberton Elementary School.”
The segment honored four local educators who banded together to keep the school schedule on track, without sacrificing the quality of education that the townspeople expect, including helping children who have fell behind to catch up. Good Morning America and their parent company Disney presented the town with a commitment to build a playground and help restore the community’s parks. Lowe’s, the home improvement giant, donated $50,000 to the town on a giant check that was donated by the local PostNet franchise in Lumberton.
“Giving back is central to PostNet’s Core Values, and our franchise owners do an exceptional job of becoming meaningful members of their communities, not only in Lumberton but across America,” says Steve Greenbaum, CEO and co-founder of PostNet.
Everywhere you look in the PostNet franchise network, there are powerful examples of commitment to community, to charity and making a difference in times of great need. In the case of Lindsey and Tony Gervacio, a married couple who became PostNet franchise owners in South Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, how much they are able to give back is how they measure their success:
“I’ve been on the board of Bethesda Inc. in Norman, which is a nonprofit that helps children who have been sexually abused – we do anything they ask of us,” Lindsey says. “We have four children, so it’s vital for us to give back, be it time, money or the services of our center. One of the things that keeps me going everyday is the thought that we’ll be so successful that we’ll be able to give back more and more over time.”
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