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Ring Power donates to help Thrift Store Re-open

Ring Power Employees Donate to HELP on Eve of Thrift Store Re-opening


TAMPA, FLORIDA – June 13, 2016 – When HELP of Fort Meade’s thrift store burned in the early morning hours of March 10, the organization that was founded to meet the needs of the community lost one of their major funding sources. On Thursday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m., their new thrift store will open on the same block, at 202 West Broadway Street.

 HELP called on the community to help stock the new thrift store and Ring Power employees answered. Ring Power is the Cat® equipment dealer serving Central Florida. Because Fort Meade is home to employees of the company’s surface mining division (formerly Bucyrus), the connection was made.

“We’re glad to help out where we can,” said Jonathan Long, a Power Systems division manager and Ring Power’s 2016 Employee Giving/United Way campaign chair. “I am from a very, very small community myself, so I understand just how important it is to have organizations like HELP — that are focused on the needs right here at home.”

“The surface mining unit became part of Ring Power less than two years ago, and I am glad they brought this to our attention,” said Long. “We got word out to our employees, and donations started coming in from our branches in Riverview, Lakeland, Orlando and even St. Augustine.”

Ring Power giving supplies           Ring Power Team

About HELP of Fort Meade
HELP of Fort Meade is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose goal is to Help Empower Local People by providing educational opportunities, financial stability, and basic needs programs for the citizens of Fort Meade. The organization was started by local churches in the mid-1950s and became a United Way of Central Florida partner in 1987. (HELP provides rent/mortgage and utilities assistance to residents in need and operates a food pantry and the thrift store for those in need of food, clothing or household goods.) For more information, visit helpoffortmeade.iconosites.com.

About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 50 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com.

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