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Arkema helps former workers, ALS cause

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Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Arkema Carrollton Plant and its employees for their support for my family.  I was employed at this company for more than 25 years before I left to work home health full time.  My brother-in-law was diagnosed with ALS three years ago and my family has been very active in fundraising for this non-profit organization to search for a cure, buy equipment and provide support for people affected by this terrible disease.  

Arkema and its employees along with many people from the Carroll and Trimble communities and businesses have provided money, manpower, sold cookbooks, donated yard sale items, baked cakes, let us borrow tables and chairs (that unfortunately were blown away by the tornado), walked in the Walk to Fight ALS held in May each year to show support for my family and have never asked for the first sign of recognition.  

I think the community needs to know how much support Arkema provides that is rarely seen by the community such as providing snacks, special meals, clothing all year long and at Christmas for the men’s home in Sanders, toys, clothing, and food for needy families at Christmas, and a list too numerous to mention.

My brother-in-law and sister retired after more than 30 years each from another chemical company in our community, which has shown minimal support. Don’t get me wrong, their past and current employees are right beside us in the fight, but the company itself was only able to provide two bags of company logo items because ALS was not on their list of charitable organizations.  

It makes me sad that they may not have the ability to support past or current employees unless it is for something that can get their names in the local newspapers. 

We deeply appreciate all of the support shown by the community. The Walk for A Cure ... ALS is May 12 in Louisville. If you are interested in joining Bob’s Bunch for ALS to walk, call (502) 255-7255.

Susan New

Sanders