Published: Tuesday, 05 October 2021 10:15 Written by Robyn Wiebe
Ben Friesen, Chair of BTHC Foundation, LMS Owner/GM Abe Penner and Owner/Sales Will Penner. Submitted photo.
This fall, staff at Little Morden Service (LMS) have been celebrating the harvest with an ongoing event called Hometown for Harvest.
LMS General Manager, Abe Penner, explained they have been visiting farmers during the harvest season, in partnership with implement dealer, AGCO, who donated to a charity of each farmer’s choice.
“Over this fall, we’ve given back to Manitou Curling Club, St Jean Parks and Rec, CancerCare, as well as Elm Creek Stay & Play. And so, these different communities hosted us, and to wrap up this whole Harvest for Hometown, we planned a big event for October 5th. Because of the health order that came out, we now have to cancel that event,” explained Penner.
Penner added however, they have come up with a back-up plan.
“So as a management team, we decided to give the proceeds of what it would have cost us to do that event, back to the community. We decided to give it to Boundary Trails Health Center Foundation (BTHCF).”
The $15,000 cheque will help the Foundation with the work it does to serve the community which, according to Penner, includes people within LMS’ trade area from Crystal City, Elm Creek, Emerson, Letellier, Winkler and Morden.
“Everybody uses the services provided at Boundary Trails, that’s something that we can all be very thankful for,” said Penner. ” (We) felt it was a great way to give back to them. And also, all the work that the current healthcare providers are doing for our communities, we want to just show that we appreciate what they do.”
Penner added, over the past month the LMS staff has been encouraged to think about what they are thankful for and have been sharing short videos on the company’s social media. Penner shared his gratitude.
“There are three things that I am thankful for. First off, for a God that loves me and saved me. I’m thankful for a loving wife that loves me no matter what, and I’m also thankful for a great place to work with a great team that works hard.”