When more than 8,000 USANA Associates descended upon downtown Salt Lake City for the company’s 20th annual international convention, many of them were sporting cool USANA backpacks.
A Utah charity saw the happy Associates buzzing around with their fabulous new bags and called USANA to find out if we had any extra to donate to kids in need. USANA jumped into action.
We gathered 130 backpacks and delivered them to the Ebenezer Church of God and Christ’s charitable organization, a group that services close to 30 families in need each week.
“The majority of our families are immigrants from Korea,” said Andrew Clark, the church’s pastor and charitable pantry executor. “They have come through a lot of circumstances. We’re so happy to help them.”
These families live way below the poverty line and are deeply grateful for the generosity of the Salt Lake City community.
“The backpacks are so nice for my babies. My kids will be surprised. Thank you USANA!” exclaimed Farlet, mother of three.
Another mom, Cha, told us her four children went crazy for the backpacks. “Mom, where did you get these? We love these backpacks. Thank you,” she recalled.
USANA is very active in philanthropic work. “Any time we can give back to our community, even in the smallest ways, it’s a good thing, “ said Dan Macuga, USANA’s chief communications officer.
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For 130 kids, getting a brand new backpack is no small gift. For these kids, the beginning of the school year is riddled with hand-me-downs or no supplies at all. To carry a new backpack is something many of these kids could never fathom.
“Donations are the life blood of our organization,” Andrew said. “We couldn’t make it without them. So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you USANA.”
And thank you to all the USANA Associates who serve as catalysts for charity. You set the bar when it comes to compassion, energy and example.