On behalf of the more than 8,500 Stihl dealers nationwide, the outdoor power equipment maker recently presented a check for $67,000 to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, a nonprofit focused on raising money to assist veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
“This donation is the single largest contribution our foundation has ever received and will make a real impact on our work,” said Chrisanne Gordon, founder and executive director of Resurrecting Lives Foundation. “We are so grateful to the Stihl dealers for their generous support to help our returning veterans.”
Participating Stihl dealers raised money through stock purchases of American-made Resurrecting Lives Foundation shirts and caps through the “Stihl Outfitters” program, the company’s apparel line.
Mike Haney, merchandising specialist for Stihl, said 2015 was the first year for the program and “we were extremely happy” with the results. “Next year,” Haney said, “we will further expand our marketing support for the campaign.”
Resurrecting Lives Foundation assists in the recovery and reintegration of veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom who sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The organization says TBI treatment teams are not available in the majority of health-care facilities operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
For more information about the Resurrecting Lives Foundation and its work, visit www.resurrectinglives.org.