In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “when I do good, I feel good” and recently I couldn’t feel anything but good about the support the Simmons Employee Foundation provides to area charities.

Simmons Employee Foundation president David Bamper and I had the honor of presenting two checks each for $105,000 to the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton and The William M. BeDell Achievement and Resource Center in Wood River. The money was raised during the foundation’s 4th Annual Dinner Auction this past spring.

Gary Osborne, executive director of ARC, told me his organization plans to use part of the donation to buy a new, 14-passenger van.

Steven Roach, executive director of Catholic Charities, the umbrella organization of the Catholic Children’s Home, said they expect to put the money toward renovating and updating their 87-year-old building.

The work these two organizations do to provide safe environments for children, diagnosed with developmental disabilities or not, is undeniably important. They’re making our community a better place to live.Learn more about these two charities and the dinner auction itself by reading my previous post.