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March 5, 2009

Denny Hamlin Helmet Design Contest Winner – Bernard “Sonny” VanBuskirk III

The winner of the Denny Hamlin Helmet Design Contest is Bernard "Sonny" VanBuskirk III, the 11-year-old son of Express Operations Manager Bernard VanBuskirk.

March 3, 2009

FedEx and The Happy Factory

Starting in 2005, FedEx has provided charitable shipping space for The Happy Factory to send toys worldwide to needy children.  The Happy Factory started in the home of Charles and Donna Cooley in Cedar City Utah in 1995.  The couple made hundreds of toys that they humbly offered to Primary Children's Hospital.  The toys were received with such enthusiasm and gratitude that they made more and donated to ther local charities.  Amy Grant featured Happy Factory in Three Wishes debut television series and the Cooleys have  distrubuted 927,000 toys to date...15,736 internationally by FedEx to ch

February 23, 2009

Celebrate Teach for America Week

Over the last few months, tens of thousands of outstanding recent graduates of all academic majors and career interests have applied to Teach For America, determined to channel their talent and energy against our nation's greatest injustice -- the fact that where one is born in our country still determines his or her educational outcomes.  Teach For America will select about 4,000 rare leaders from among these applicants and will train and support them to teach successfully for two years in our nation's highest poverty communities and then to work throughout their lives, from inside and out

January 27, 2009

A Year in Review With Heart to Heart

The following excerpt is taken for the book, The Power of Serviing Others: You Can Start Where you Are.  Heat to Heart founder, Dr. Gary Morsch discusses how is organization's relationship with FedEx began.

January 21, 2009

I Saw Dr. King Through His Daughter’s Eyes

I was attending a sorority meeting one chilly Saturday morning when my cell phone rang. It was a friend asking if I would assist one of his colleagues with some of her speech presentations. "She's great but she'd like to update her portfolio with some fresh, new material," he explained. "And who is this colleague?" I asked as I tiptoed out of the meeting room. "Yolanda King," he replied. "You mean Yolanda as in Dr. Martin Luther King's daughter?" I asked. "Yes," he said. May I give her your number and have the two of you hook up?"

January 12, 2009

Celebrating FedEx Office Community Service During the 2008 Holiday Season

Although the holidays ought to be a time of happiness and joy, one to be shared with family and friends, it is often that dreaded time of year for so many who are less fortunate. In a difficult economic situation, many are feeling the crunch, including myself.  As I was preparing to write this entry, I was amazed at how many are still willing to give a little more time, energy and even finances to make the past holiday season better for those in need.

December 24, 2008

A Growing Spirit of Generosity

In challenging and uncertain economic times like the nation is currently facing, charitable giving is typically one of the first things to decline. In fact, when the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University surveyed fundraisers for its Summer 2008 Philanthropic Giving Index (PGI), 83 percent of respondents said the economy is having a negative effect on giving. Human service charities are likely to be especially hard hit, because demand increases while the funding tends to decline.

December 23, 2008

Once Again, FedEx Delivers!

Once again, FedEx delivers!  During this very tough economic time, FedEx exceeded their United Way goals both in Memphis, the headquarters of the company, and across the nation!  The Memphis goal was $5.2 and we raised $5.4 million.  The goal nationwide (from all of our OpCos) was $14.7 million and we raised OVER $15 million!! This is a tremendous accomplishment considering all that our employees and the nation are facing with increased costs and stock market failures.