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Pontiac Assembly Plays Santa to Area Children

December 2006
 Filed under: PONTIAC Car News | PONTIAC Headlines
PONTIAC , Mich. 2006-12-11 – Over 283 Pontiac children are sure to have a Merry Christmas this year thanks to the generosity of the UAW and GM Pontiac Assembly Center workers. The workers who build Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks purchased, assembled and donated 100 bicycles and tricycles to children in the city of Pontiac through a city initiative targeting those in need. Pontiac Mayor Clarence E. Phillips accepted the donation during a visit to the assembly plant this morning.
“I’m very proud of the overwhelming generosity of our workforce,” said plant manager Dennis Dougherty. I can just imagine the delight on the children’s faces when they wake up to see their shiny new bicycles. That’s what it’s all about.”

“Because our workforce over-achieved the original goal of 100 bicycles, we were able to donate bikes to other local charitable causes,” said Jim Hall, UAW Local 594 chairman. “We appreciate all the support from employees who pitched in to benefit the children.”

Besides the 100 bikes for the mayor’s charity, 25 bikes have been donated to the Pontiac Police Department, which has distributed them to students being recognized for academic excellence at Pontiac’s Jefferson, Lincoln and Madison Junior High Schools. Also, 50 bikes are being donated to the Grace Center of Hope in Pontiac for use by families in transition at that facility, and another 25 are going to Pontiac Lighthouse. The UAW Local 594 Women’s/community Service committee will donate the remainder to families through the Local’s Family In Need Drive. The Family in Need Drive also is distributing 125 holiday food baskets to area families. In addition, to help the children develop good safety habits, each will receive a helmet with their bicycle or tricycle. T&C Federal Credit Union has generously donated 200 bicycle helmets, with the remainder coming from plant employee donations.

“It’s a way for us to give something back to the community we work in. No child should go without at Christmas,” said UAW Local 594 spokesperson, Theresa Hawley-Pace.

The GM Pontiac Assembly Center’s Community Caring & Sharing Committee, led by co-chairs Theresa Hawley-Pace (UAW) and Tammy Golden (GM General Assembly area manager), along with UAW helpers Terry Harden, Steve White and Lisa Vowell as well as Cheri Payne (GM salaried) spearheaded the bike drive. Through the committee’s initiatives, workers pooled their money and resources to purchase and assemble bicycles for Pontiac area residents to ensure that all would feel the special joy of the holiday season.

Pontiac Assembly Center’s 2,880 workers are about to launch the all-new 2007 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, including regular and extended cab versions of the 1500, 2500HD and 3500HD models. Pontiac Assembly’s hourly workforce is represented by UAW Local 594. The plant is located at 2100 S. Opdyke Road in Pontiac, Michigan.

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