Team Stuller Shares Their Thankful Thoughts
Learn about how our team shows gratitude for our community through Stuller Cares®.
Gratitude. Much like love, gratitude finds its truest expression through action rather than simple words. As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, a time dedicated to reflection and appreciation of what’s important in life, we’re reminded of the impression gratitude in action can have.
At Stuller, we are committed to letting our gratitude for our home extend beyond words. Through Stuller Cares® — our charitable giving program — our team comes together to support causes that leave an incredible impact on our community. We support five local non-profits through company-matched donations and volunteerism throughout the year, doing our best to build up a community that shows us so much support.
In honor of the Thanksgiving season, we wanted to share a little about these organizations, their missions, and why our team believes in them.
Miles Perret Cancer Services
Founded in 2002, Miles Perret Cancer Services is a resource for families navigating testing, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in patients of all ages. Miles Perret Cancer Services has helped more than 16,000 families in the Lafayette area and beyond through emotional support programs and non-medical needs such as wigs, prosthetics, and much more.
In the month of October, we raised money in honor of breast cancer through t-shirt and sweater sales. We sold more than 400 items with all proceeds going to Miles Perret Cancer Services. Additionally, our annual donations helped provide 3,600 families with medical supplies, nutritional supplements, wigs, and more.
Although Courtney is no longer with us in person, her spirit and strength will stay with me always. During our experience, Miles Perret Cancer Services was the perfect support. They were there for me with anything I needed, both physically and mentally. I’m grateful to have had both them and Courtney in my life. That is why I’m happy that Stuller joins me in supporting Miles Perret Cancer Services.”
Maddie’s Footprints was formed out of a parent’s worst nightmare and exists to make sure families don’t have to deal with the sudden loss of a child alone. Established in 2010, it’s named for Madeline McGrew, who was stillborn to her parents Lori and Travis. Now, they work tirelessly to support families by paying end-of-life and funeral expenses as well as offering emotional support.
Our team came together this year to raise funds with more than 80 participants in the Footprints Forever 5K as well as regular donations that assisted 12 families with funeral expenses.
Working for an organization that supports organizations like Maddie's Footprints is amazing! I'm thankful for my friends, family, and Stuller coworkers who have stepped up to help me repay the kindness Maddie's Footprints showed me and donate the equivalent of what they provided our family.”
Acadiana Animal Aid
For more than 40 years, Acadiana Animal Aid has operated as a no-kill animal welfare organization that rescues an average of 3,000 dogs and cats annually. The dedicated volunteers and staff are fueled by a passion to protect all animals in their care until they all have a home.
This year, our efforts to support Acadiana Animal Aid has resulted in more than 550 cats and dogs provided with initial veterinary services and more than 1,000 items donated during our annual supply drive.
I think it’s incredibly special to work in an organization, which not only encourages employees to support the community but also gives us the opportunity to do so.”
For many, grief can be an immensely challenging journey that requires patience, support, and understanding. This can be equally life-altering for a child. Healing House works to provide extensive, professional resources within a safe environment for children ages 4–17 that encourages them to process thoughts and feelings in times of difficulty, especially regarding the loss of a loved one. All services provided to children and families are free of charge and supported by fundraisers, donations, foundations, and grants.
Our team came together this year and collected more than 1,000 items during an annual supply drive that supports the day-to-day operations of Healing House. We also made donations that provided more than 130 children with grief support.
Having lost a grandparent, sibling, best friend, and even a co-worker, I’m happy to know that Stuller’s support is more than a check. It’s a community of those who care giving attention to those who need it.”
Parish Proud was founded in 2019 with the mission of keeping Acadiana — the area surrounding Lafayette — beautiful. Their goal is to create a culture of shared responsibility for maintaining, improving, and preserving the spaces where we live, work, and play.
The Stuller team isn’t afraid to get our hands dirty. This year, 276 volunteers came together to clean and transform more than 1.5 million square feet in various areas of our city.
Showing Gratitude With Action
Personally, when I think of showing gratitude, I imagine the ripples that form when you drop something in water. They start small and then grow the further they go. One small action of gratitude can have a tremendous effect on someone’s life, your community, and even the world.
The organizations we support with Stuller Cares are an extension of our values. Their hard work supports those in need, builds communal unity, and finds solutions. For this reason, our team is honored to show our gratitude to both these organizations and our community during this season of Thanksgiving.
Hopefully, the stories of these nonprofits and our team members inspire you to take your gratitude and put it into action. Make a positive impact in the lives of those around you, and let the effect ripple beyond what you can imagine.
From all of us here at Stuller, have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Taylor holds degrees in Political Science and Communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as well as multiple certifications from GIA. His years in the wedding industry and love of fashion trends helps him write content for the on-trend and creative jeweler.