Today, Amazon announced that its Utah fulfillment centers and delivery stations are coming together to support nonprofits, education centers, and first responder agencies as they help ensure the most vulnerable Utahns have a happy, healthy holiday. Each Amazon location, including three new operations sites that opened this year in West Jordan, American Fork, and Salt Lake City, presented grants on average of $15,000 to support organizations employees identified for the holidays.
“We are grateful for the generous support from Amazon this holiday. As I look back on 2020 and all the challenges we have faced as a region, I am encouraged to see companies like Amazon that continue to grow, creating new jobs and investing in our state’s economy,” said Utah State Senator Luz Escamilla. “This investment helps stabilize our region in a time of crisis, it enables families to put food on the table and pay mortgages. The additional investment Amazon has made to help keep employees safe at work every day is foundational to the health and safety of us all and reflects a strong commitment to the people of Utah.”
Collectively, more than $90,000 in grants were distributed with thousands of additional in-kind items such as toys, winter clothing, and essential items that Amazon employees collected and helped deliver to nonprofits. Amazon teams also prepared and donated hundreds of pallets of in-kind food, bottled water, PPE, and other essential items, which are part of an ongoing, year-round program of product donations. Last week, Amazon’s Salt Lake City fulfillment center packaged and delivered Smile boxes filled with toys and a check for $15,000 to The Christmas Box International.
Richard Paul Evans, New York Times Best-selling Author and Founder of The Christmas Box International said, “We are happily blown away by the generosity and heart of our amazing Amazon friends. Their compassion left us fumbling for words to express our sincerest gratitude.”
The nonprofit estimates support from the community will help provide Christmas gifts to nearly 2,800 children in the Salt Lake area. Employees of Amazon’s sort center, which launched last October, also announced a $15,000 grant on a call last week to support local children and families at a local children’s hospital.
In addition to contributing about $20,000 in grants and in-kind products to first responders, Amazon’s new West Jordan fulfillment center donated 16,000 PPE items to the Police Department, including masks for school crossing guards, AED devices in all 10 fire department vehicles, and bulletproof vests for the K-9 Unit. “West Jordan has graciously welcomed Amazon, so we wanted to return that generosity and support our neighbors during a time when it’s needed most,” said Ben Anderson, general manager of the West Jordan fulfillment center.
Employees also volunteered with South Valley Services, a West Jordan based organization that helps women, children, and men who have been impacted by domestic violence. Members of the facility’s Latinos affinity chapter also made warm winter blankets that will be donated locally to individuals in need.
“Unprecedented times like these lead to unprecedented needs in our communities,” said Alex Higbee, who oversees Amazon’s delivery station network in the state. “Amazon is committed to supporting the
communities where we operate, and I’ve seen the dedication and passion employees have for giving back.”