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GM workers roll out toys for kids

Published: Sat, December 11, 2010 @ 12:01 a.m.

By Kristine gill



A fleet of colorful bikes was a welcome sight Friday for paint-shop workers at General Motors Lordstown Complex who are used to working with four-wheeled vehicles.

“We gave them all custom paint jobs,” joked Phil Bogunia, an alternate shop committee member.

The bikes and the mountain of neatly wrapped gifts behind them were donated — not painted — by employees and will be given to 75 children in the area through the Mahoning Valley Salvation Army. The paint shop also donated $2,100 in the form of an oversized check at a ceremony Friday.

“We have a lot of kids who are going to have an excellent Christmas,” said Patricia Surratte, captain of the Youngstown Salvation Army.

It’s an effort made yearly by area businesses, and GM has participated for the past eight, but last year’s pile of loot was smaller.

“We didn’t have as many bikes,” lamented paint shop area manager Scott Negley.

Sales were down and paint shop workers were cut down to a single shift. But with Cruze sales this year, more employees were able to donate.

“It’s nice to see the bikes back here,” said Bob Satterlee, a zone man at the shop. “It’s nice to see the big truck back.”

Negley agreed. “I know for a lot of us it doesn’t really feel like Christmas until we walk out here and see bicycles,” he said.

Bikes were just one of the items on children’s wish lists this year.

“Zhu Zhu Pets, board games, iPods, PlayStations, play kitchens, Dora the Explorer was big this year and Bob the Builder ... clothes,” said Tina Law, paint shop planner.

Each year, GM workers pick out paper angels with a child’s wish list, then buy and wrap the gifts.

“We try to give them everything they asked for,” Law said.

Surratte was overwhelmed by the donation.

“I can’t believe this,” she said admiring the display. “This is beautiful.”

The Mahoning Valley Salvation Army will serve 3,900 children from 900 families in the area this year. That’s 600 more than last year, but case manager Tiffany Colvin said the organization receives more donations even when times are tough financially.

“The harder they’re hit, the harder they come back,” she said.


1Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

The mask is off. Support for the Democratic-Socialist party and/or Unions = support for the continued destruction of America.

"But, clearly, the U.S. has entered a new political moment. Heightened class and democratic struggle, the Great Recession and its aftermath, Obama‘s ascent to the presidency, the assertive posture of the AFL-CIO, the growth of social networks, the counter-revolt of the extreme right, all have combined to produce an unprecedented situation – and opportunity.

U.S. ideological life is also in flux. A broad radicalization process with its roots in capitalism’s deep systemic crisis is at work. As polls repeatedly indicate, a broad left current flows in the streams of public consciousness: fully a third of America’s youth have favorable views of socialism.

Anti-communism too is not the force it once was. Just recently in the deep south, a labor council bought an ad for the Illinois People’s World annual banquet, congratulating peoplesworld.org and its labor editor, John Wojcik, for a prize-winning article, an inconceivable event in the not too distant past. In Connecticut, state AFL-CIO leaders participate in PW events where the CPUSA anniversary is celebrated; in Cleveland a well-known communist, Rick Nagin, running in a non-partisan race for City Council received the city’s AFL-CIO endorsement and nearly won…

It is certainly the case that in the U.S. the real stuff of politics and governance occurs through the two mass political parties. Here is where the action is and it is here, mainly through the vehicle of the Democratic Party, that the peoples’ movement fights for its interests. Serious politics cannot stand apart from these struggles…

For the foreseeable future Democratic Party circles will be an area of engagement for those wanting to make a difference."

-Joe Sims, Communist Party USA


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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Thank You

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3southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

A worthwhile effort

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4ytowhoh330(89 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

For what they get paid they can afford to donate.

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5cambridge(4065 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

It's great that there are people in the community that help their neighbor during this Christmas Season.

The American spirit of giving.

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6kw27(36 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

What a great collaboration from GM management and the unions at the Lordstown complex to help the community. I am sure most have donated to the Valley in others ways throughout the year.
And thanks to all in the Valley who donate to all the just causes throughout the year.

@ ytowhoh330 .... Jealous? There are a lot of people in the Valley that makes the same or more than the workers at Lordstown.

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7casper77(136 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

GM gives Toys for Tots but not Delphi salary retirees? Boycott GM and Toys for Tots until they stop the unethical treatment of Delphi retirees OOPS... I thought I was somebody else. Great job for all the people at GM for always helping our communities.

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