EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Alcoa workers spent over $5,000 on toys for local children.
Workers from the Alcoa plant in Warrick County took time out of the office to go on a shopping spree at the Evansville East Side Target. Not for themselves, but for children who might not get a toy for Christmas.
“It’s carts and carts full...I mean it’s a lot of work to get these loaded in and checked out," said one Alcoa shopper, Eric Vanover.
Vanover says Alcoa does this every year as part of an incentive program to stay safe in the work place. As the year goes on, workers will accumulate money for safe behavior in the plant. That money goes directly to a fund for Toy Town presents.
“Alcoa’s not just buying toys," said Salvation Army Major Mark Turner. "They’re giving hope to children and families and letting them know that the community cares about them.”
Each shopper makes sure all of that money gets put to good use in their own separate way.
“My strategy is that I’ve got some very small children that I think about," said Vanover,"and I think about other people having children that age and I center on that. I know what those children like.”
According to officials from Alcoa, the shopping spree also serves as a bonding experience for the workers. A chance to reconnect with old friends while giving back to the community.
“You know a lot of us workers don’t see each other throughout the year and this is the time we get all together and we’re doing something good for the community. All that together culminates for a very good feeling for the day. And we all really enjoy this," Vanover said.
In the end, the group went over their $5,000 budget, but officials at the East Side Target picked up the rest of the tab, ensuring that children all across the city will have a present to open on Christmas Day.