National Office Furniture, a brand unit of Kimball International, Inc. donated a bench made from plastic bottle caps and other container lids to the resilient community of Seaside Park, New Jersey, which was severely devastated by Hurricane Sandy. As part of its annual Earth Day campaign, National set out to create a bench from recycled caps and give it to a worthy cause. Green Tree Plastics from Evansville, Indiana, offers the ABC (A Bench for Caps) program where caps can be collected by schools and other organizations and be made into a weather-resistant, 100% recycled bench or table as long as children benefit from its use or donation. The bench will reside in the Bayside Park.
National’s goal was to collect enough caps to build one bench which consists of collecting over 400 pounds of appropriate lids and caps. National is on its way towards another bench which will be donated to another community to benefit where children and families come together to spend quality time outdoors.
National presented the bench to the Seaside Park mayor, residents, kids and Beautification Committee, appropriately wearing their “Restore the Shore” shirts. Plus, the Travel Channel’s crew from Hotel Impossible including designer, Blanche Garcia, was onsite filming a new episode that included revitalizing the Bayside Park and incorporating the donated bench into the design.
“Acts of kindness such as the bench from National Office Furniture really keep the momentum rolling on the incredible progress our community has made since the storm. On behalf of the wonderful, resilient residents of Seaside Park, thank you National for your thoughtfulness and giving back in this way,” stated Seaside Park Mayor Robert Matthies.
“We called this program our Bucket List – A “Bench”mark of Social Responsibility. We challenged each of our facilities to collect five gallon buckets of caps and we tracked our progress visually. It was fun to see the bucket graphics going up on the wall on our way to reach our goal. The Seaside Park community is amazing. Everyone at National is extremely proud to be a part of it in this way, especially giving back to a specific space where children laugh and play,” said Angie Kleinhelter, Director of Human Resources, National Office Furniture. Please see National’s Facebook Page for more pictures.
National’s Angie Kleinhelter and Lisa Schmidt catch a shot with the bench and Travel Channel‘s Hotel Impossible host and designer, Blanche Garcia.