Give Back Programs

Why Do MHEDA Members Give Back?

Member companies regularly give back to their local communities to support their employees, customers and community. They also know it is good business. Studies show that giving back has a positive impact on organizations by helping make them become an employer of choice.

Here are a few examples of MHEDA members’ generosity.


Toyota Material Handling Solutions (TMHS) announced its support of two local non-profits: The American Red Cross, Los Angeles Region, and The Foodbank of Southern California. The company donated $2,500 to each non-profit to help support the community through these unprecedented times. TMHS associates also collected 500 pounds of canned goods for The Foodbank of Southern California.

“We continuously look for ways to give back to our community and this year it was clear the greatest immediate need was to help feed our community,” said TMHS President & CEO Shankar Basu. “We’re proud of our associates for joining our efforts with canned food donations of their own.”

In addition to helping victims of disaster and responding to emergencies, The American Red Cross, Los Angeles Region, is working with local partners to help combat food insecurity as a result of COVID-19. Hundreds of volunteers are working at sites across LA County to package and serve prepared meals to families.

The Foodbank of Southern California supports vulnerable children, families, and seniors in the community who have nowhere else to turn for help.

“We are incredibly grateful for TMHS’s support and donation, especially during this COVID-19 crisis. With each passing day, the demand for healthy nutritional food is dramatically escalating,” said Jeanne Cooper, president of The Foodbank of Southern California.

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Photo caption: The Foodbank of Southern California President Jeanne Cooper (right), Manager Roga’Nae’ Douglas (middle), and Forklift Driver Brandon King (back) accept a check and 500 pounds of canned goods from Tiffany McConnell (left), sales Account Manager at TMHS.


Toyota Material Handling Northern California believes in giving back to the communities that they serve. As a leading Toyota forklift dealership for Northern and Central California, TMHNC has donated forklifts, pallet jacks, and rentals to organizations like Delancey Street, The American Red Cross and most recently to The Mendo Lake Food Hub in Ukiah, California.

Delancey Street in San Francisco is an organization that helps people in the community get back on their feet. “It’s a place where not only do they give to the less fortunate, but they rehabilitate and provide job training to get people back out into society,” says Mark Andres.

Another organization close to TMHNC’s heart is The Mendo Lake Food Hub, which aggregates and distributes food grown by small, local farms to grocery stores, restaurants and consumers. TMHNC is donating a forklift to the Mendo Lake Food Hub because without the Food Hub, many of these farmers would not have ways to get their product to market and consumers would not have easy access to fresh food sources.

“My brother Stephen and I are fortunate to run an essential business and help move the goods that serve so many diverse areas and communities. The challenges that Northern California has faced, from wildfires to COVID, has put many back on their heels. We see these forklift donations as doing our part to help “lift the load” and make life easier for great causes, says Mark Andres.”

MHEDA Member and leader in material handling since 1997, Toyota Material Handling Northern California is dedicated to their community and giving back to make a difference.


Since the 1990’s, Lasting Impressions founder Mark Dabiero and his family have dedicated their lives and business to Giving Back. Lasting Impressions creates specialized advertising and apparel products for local MHEDA Members today, but creating a booming business is not where the hard work stops. Through Dabiero Charities, Mark, and his family host annual fundraisers by utilizing their contacts through Lasting Impressions and their network throughout the Metro Detroit Area.

This year Dabiero hosted a comedy show fundraiser, and sponsors like Valley Industrial Trucks, Fraza Forklifts and Langer Material Handling were present. This initiative allowed Dabiero Charities to gift 450 kids, each $100 worth of Christmas presents and this year they are increasing that goal!

Dabiero Charities is dedicated to Giving Back to Children’s Hospital, local food banks, homeless and battered women shelters, churches, homeless students – anyone who is in need. Although this year there are restrictions on social gatherings, Dabiero is hitting the ground running. They have already raised $14,000 out of their $30,000 goal!

Lasting Impressions is a new member to MHEDA, but not a new face in the industry. MHEDA Members are known to value Giving Back and it’s encouraging to know that a new member like Lasting Impressions aligns with these values. “Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” – Dabiero Charities.


The staff at Worldwide Material Handling gets creative with a donation for hospitalized children all around the country.

As we all wrap up a year full of challenges, participating in “the season of giving” feels more crucial now than in years past. Many of us are seeing loved ones experience hardships, unexpected losses, or feelings of isolation. With so many of these heavy things on our minds, it is even hard to determine where donations and help are needed most.

Worldwide’s team thought this year’s company donation needed to focus on spreading some love and thoughtfulness to those who might be feeling very alone during this time…The only problem being that this effort needed to be done from a distance. COVID-19 limitations certainly made it difficult to meet these criteria or incorporate staff participation into the annual donation. Thankfully, an organization by the name of Cards for Hospitalized Kids offered a great solution.

Based in Chicago, Cards for Hospitalized Kids is an organization which collects handmade cards year-round and then distributes them to hospitals around the United States. These cards are given to children battling serious illnesses, leaving them stuck in the hospital for extended amounts of time. These children typically miss out on important childhood experiences like being with family on holidays, or even just going to school. Naturally, the emotional toll that these moments may take on a child is a very real concern. Currently, COVID-19 restrictions are making that concern increasingly magnified.

With this in mind, the staff at Worldwide put on their creative hats and eagerly took to creating cards for these children. Many of the staff members approached this donation with love and enthusiasm, resulting in a total of nearly 100 handmade holiday cards! Some staff even brought card-making supplies home to their families for extended hours of charitable creativity that everyone could have fun with. Worldwide’s batch of cards consisted of messages and artwork by individuals ranging from age 2 to adulthood – a beautiful reminder that even something so simple can be an act of unity and compassion between humans, regardless of age or circumstance.

In addition to the card donation, Worldwide has gifted $1000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities. This donation will support families who need to travel far from home to get the proper medical care for their child battling cancer. RMHC provides housing for these families, as well as an extensive list of resources to keep families together while getting through a very difficult chapter of life.

The Worldwide family hopes these donations will bring both holiday cheer and a sense of togetherness to these children and their families.


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Why does MHEDA Give Back?

MHEDA exists to serve our members and contribute to the common good of the industry. We are comprised of members who want to make an impact and strengthen their communities within and outside of the industry. MHEDA’s Give Back Initiative is yet another common ground for our members to band together and feel good about our purpose.

MHEDA’s First Give Back Event took place at the 2016 annual convention in Washington D.C. and sparks a movement within the association. Due to the large turnout, and enthusiasm from members, MHEDA now incorporates a Give Back Event to every Convention and other conferences throughout the year.

Here are a few examples of MHEDA Give Back Events.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
During the first MHEDA-NET Live event in Nashville Members packed Activity Kits and Care kits for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Erin Rothwell, Senior Administrative Assistant, Child Life and Volunteer Services says, “these bags are very helpful for us in supplying activities to the patients at bedside, and are particularly beneficial for patients who are unable to come to the playrooms to play. Activity and Care Kits that are donated can also be given to almost any area in the hospital –playrooms, bedside carts, waiting rooms, the Emergency Department, and so on. One of the primary goals of our Child Life department is to help kids do “normal” kid things, even when they are in the hospital, so that they can effectively cope with their hospital stay. Helping kids just be kids actually promotes healing and allows them to go home faster. Donations from our community help make that happen every day!”

American Red Cross
MHEDA Members assembled comfort kits, which were distributed in a number of ways through American Red Cross: Veterans in the Washington DC area who may be homeless; Soldiers arriving back from duty at Andrews Air Force Base; Patients at military hospitals; or anyone who may have suffered through a disaster, such as a fire in their home or for those who might have to stay in a shelter for a night or two.

Blessings in a Backpack
MHEDA Members assembled backpacks to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.


During the Regional Networking Summit at Concept Storage in Canada, MHEDA collected Matchbox Cars, books and monetary donations for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).


During the Regional Networking Summit at AK Material Handling in Minnesota, MHEDA assembled breakfast kits, medical equipment and supplies for Matter, a non-for-profit organization focuses on leveraging two of Minnesota’s biggest resources: incredible healthcare and bountiful agriculture.


Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
During the All Star Summit, MHEDA dressed and stuffed Build a Bears for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago & Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. Children benefit from the consoling presence of their favorite plush toy which allows hospitalized children to enjoy play time at bedside and provide comfort when undergoing tests and procedures.


Dress for Success
During the First Women in Industry Conference, women brought business clothing which was donated to Dress for Success. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.