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JACOB CREPS: Creps owners, employees thank Indiana

on February 24, 2013 3:00 PM

On behalf of the owners and employees of Creps United Publications, I would like to extend a most sincere thank you to the Indiana community for their support in the aftermath of the October fire that devastated our printing plant.

Your response in the face of tragedy was simply overwhelming. Many contributed money to employee fund drives; others provided valuable services to our displaced workers. Still others brought food to our families and also to the firemen who worked tirelessly fighting the blaze.

There were countless remarkable people in the community who expressed concern, offered help and lent their support.

Each and every one of you deserves to be recognized for your efforts, but space limitations prevent me from doing so.

I do feel compelled to offer special thanks to one organization and one individual who went above and beyond in support of our employees.

First is The Salvation Army, which instituted a red kettle drive for our employees, provided gifts for children of laid-off workers, and continues to help distribute money to our employees having difficulty making ends meet.

Please know that, without your help, many of our employees would not have been able to get through this difficult period in their lives. Thank you to Jonathan and Kathleen Mack, Captains John and Erin Brand, and the entire staff at The Salvation Army for your valuable efforts!

Also, a special thank you goes to Valerie Lazor for her tremendous Creps Employees Christmas Fund drive. Immediately after the fire, Val sprung into action by setting up bank accounts, soliciting monetary donations, gift cards and food pantry items, along with coordinating the efforts of several other organizations and individuals for the benefit of our employees. Everyone at Creps is indebted to Val for the extraordinary effort and dedication she exhibited for our displaced workers.

Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, once said, “For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.” I can say without question that Indiana is a very healthy community whose residents care deeply about each other. Whether through money donated, a kind word or gesture, or simply a prayer, we will forever be grateful to Indiana County. Thank you!

Jacob Creps


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