Grief (n): deep sorrow, especially that’s caused by someone’s death.

It’s all around us and is inevitable but we still never think it’s going to happen to someone we know.  The heartbreak of grief can sometimes seem unbearable, especially to children who have a hard time understanding the “why.”  Olivia’s House provides a safe haven for children, teens and their families who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Their organization remains the first of its kind in the Hanover, York and surrounding areas and continues to help over thousands of children and families at no-cost for over 20 years!

At Yazoo, we view our philanthropic efforts as investments to enhance the quality of life of people and non-profit organizations.  We recognize that our contributions will help these organizations maintain and expand their services, with our gift touching the lives of many.  Which is exactly why we have been partnering with Olivia’s House for many, many years as a Mortgage Angel, Walk to Remember sponsor, WINGS program sponsor and more.

In a letter from Leslie Delp, Founder and Bereavement Specialist, she says “Please accept a big HUG from all the folks at Olivia’s House as we received your generous gift of $10,000 to support the WINGS program and the children’s bereavement programs at Olivia’s House!”  She continues to say “Our mission is almost two decades young! Everything we do to support children and their families after the death of someone they love is only possible because people like you reach their hands out to help us in this way!”

A portion of Yazoo’s $10,000 donation was put to use as a Gold Sponsor for their Walk to Remember event and for their Holly Jolly holiday party at Heritage Hills which helped families face the holidays with grace and confidence.  We are thankful to have such a wonderful organization in our area to help children and families who are grieving and look forward to continuing our partnership with Olivia’s House!

                  

Paper tubes are great for mailing and shipping products, storing items in a garage, and protecting machine parts.  But, they are also great for launching rockets!  We always say that the possibilities are endless with Yazoo’s paper tubes and this blog post proves just that!

The Rocketry Team at Spring Grove Area High School has been around for many years.  Each year, the team competes in several different competitions.  The Rocketry team members are held to the same academic eligibility standards that are set for sports, music and other groups.  The team must design, build and launch their own rockets without any help, aside from safety and supervision of construction from their program Director, Mr. Brian Hastings.

All rockets are designed on a program called RockSim that also allows students to do simulated launches with motors until they are happy with the desired flight and altitude.  After construction, Mr. Hastings conducts safety inspections before the rockets prepare for launch.  “F motors” and smaller can be flown near the school, while larger motors and rockets are either flown in MD or VA, which they try to schedule a monthly launch for.

The SG Rocketry Team is utilizing Yazoo’s donation of heavy-duty paper tubes for their Target Altitude team.  Rockets are required to be constructed from either cardboard or fiberglass tubes. Our paper tubes help keep the rocket stable during launch and are also going to be used to transport the rockets in the near future.  This team is responsible for getting the rocket to reach an impressive height of 1001’ on an F motor.  This well-known Rocketry Team has quite the impressive track record for many years.  In fact, this past weekend, Spring Grove took first place in the Target Altitude Competition at Battle of the Rockets.  This win placed them ahead of all high school and university teams!

Best of luck to the SG Rocketry Team as they are gearing up for TARC 2019, where they will compete against 800 teams nationwide in the world’s largest model rocket competition.  The top 10 teams will split over $100,000 and the top 24 teams are invited to participate in the NASA Student Launch. We’re rooting for you all!

    

At Yazoo Mills, we are more than just a manufacturer of paper tubes and cores.  We are heavily involved in sponsoring and making donations to local charities and events within our community where we all live and work.  We greatly believe in giving back to our community, especially knowing that our sponsorships provide valuable support in more ways than one.

Each year, Yazoo becomes a Mortgage Angel for Olivia’s House, a local grief and loss center for children. This month, our donation of $1,500 covers the cost of Olivia’s House’s monthly mortgage payment, allowing the organization to continue to keep its doors open and serve grieving children and their families at no-cost whatsoever.

We are a proud supporter of such a wonderful non-profit organization that continues striving to meet the needs of more children and families across the Central PA region.  Every single day, people are faced with grieving the loss of a loved one.  With the help from sponsorships like Yazoo’s, Olivia’s House is able to provide the necessary educational and peer support programs, trauma services, grief and loss resources, pre-death support, and professional mental health counseling referrals to help those in need.

Learn more about how you, too, can help give back to Olivia’s House.

           

Cancer.  The one word everyone knows and everyone hates.  It’s a disease that has become commonly known to everyone and anyone.  There are many different types of cancers and thousands upon thousands of people have been diagnosed, currently fighting, lost their battle, or are a survivor of cancer.

Breast Cancer, which is the most common type of cancer, can affect both men and women.  Heather Baker, a strong and determined mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister, and teacher became a victim to this disease.  After giving birth to her youngest son, Heather was diagnosed with a rare type of sub-breast cancer called triple negative, which only about 10-20%
of breast cancer victims are diagnosed with this type.  After fighting like a true champion, on March 8, 2010, Heather sadly lost her fight to cancer.

Heather’s love, dedication, passion, and strength have paved the way for a wonderful organization to be made in her honor, the Heather Baker Foundation.  This foundation brings hope
to local families affected by cancer and terminal illnesses.

HBF is able to help ease the financial burdens of families fighting cancer by the many fundraising events they hold each year.  Yazoo Mills is proud to support and donate $1,000 as a Silver Sponsor for the Fall Country Music Festival held on September 23, 2017 at AquaPhoenix Scientific, Inc. in Hanover, PA.  This is a 21 and older event that will feature live music, wine & hard cider tastings, dinner, and dancing.

For more information regarding the event, please click here

To donate to the Heather Baker Foundation, please click here

            

You’ve heard the saying “it’s the little things in life,” right?  At Yazoo, we believe that the little things become big things and we strive to give back to our community year after year.  Being able to support local charities and organizations is extremely imperative to Yazoo, especially when it can have a positive impact on young lives.  The Hanover YMCA’s Kids Come First Campaign
was started to help build a stronger community and brighter future for our youth and ever since then, they have made a huge impact on so many lives.

The Hanover Area YMCA serves over 14,000 children, adults and families in the greater Hanover area.  In 2016, Yazoo was one of the 442 donors who helped the Hanover and Littlestown YMCA’s assist 1,812 people with scholarships and are expecting that level to increase tremendously in 2017.

Their mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  Tara Kauffman, Financial Development Director, says “We strive to ensure that everyone is able to participate in programs and memberships regardless of family income. In order to achieve this, we provide need-based scholarships made possibly by generous donors, such as Yazoo Mills, to our Kids Come First Campaign.”  She continues to say “Yazoo Mills has ensured that countless children in our community are able to take swimming lessons, attend preschool, play sports, participate in gymnastics, and attend summer camp.  Our YMCA is blessed to have a true community partner such as Yazoo Mills, who has been a Platinum Level donor to Kids Come First since 2010!

         

Lacrosse.  This is a sport that has skyrocketed in popularity and has become more recognized over the last 10+ years in Pennsylvania.  If you aren’t familiar with Lacrosse, it is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick that is used to throw the ball in the air, across the field, and into the goal.  Tournaments are popping up everywhere but there has been a very popular one right here in our backyard for many, many years.

In its 11th year, the Lumberjax Shootout Lacrosse
Tournament took place on Saturday, May 13th at the Spring Grove School District’s athletic fields.  The tournament offers teams ranging from 3rd through 8th grade the opportunity to play other teams in surrounding counties and vie to be dubbed the champions of their division.

Originally, it started out as a four team High School/JV tournament with only 70 athletes playing on just two fields.  This year, they had a total of 58 teams with 1,050 athletes (boys & girls) competing for the championship title.  The biggest turnout the tournament has ever had was a total of 78 teams and 1,500 athletes playing on a 16 fields.  Teams from York, Cumberland, Lancaster, Union, Berks, and Baltimore counties traveled near and far to play theirhardest to have a shot at the title.   This was the first year in 11 years that it has rained during the tournament but that didn’t stop the athletes from showcasing their athleticism in the great sport of Lacrosse.

This event is carefully planned over the course of each year and takes a lot of time, effort, sponsors, and volunteers.  Yazoo was a major sponsor of the tournament and our donation helped contribute towards the $13,000+ that was paid in just referee fees alone.

For more information on the Spring Grove Lacrosse Club, please click here

        

Today, more than ever, it seems to be normal for most people to know at least one person [if not more] who’s life has been effected by some form of cancer.  Many have donated their
time, energy, and money in continuing to find a cure for those stricken by this disease.  There are many events to get involved in to help raise money and awareness for cancer.  One of those that is prominently known is Four Diamonds and their THON event.

Did you know that childhood cancer is the leading disease killer of children with over 16,000+ kids in the United States diagnosed every year?  Four Diamonds’ mission is to conquer childhood cancer through superior case studies, comprehensive support, and innovative research.

On March 3, 2017, the South Western High School students held their annual Mini-THON, a small-scale version of the Penn State THON, and joined more than 70,000 students worldwide in a powerful movement to defeat childhood cancer. Through months of planning, fundraising, and sponsorship through local companies including a donation from Yazoo Mills, at the end of
their all-night event, the students at South Western quickly learned that they had surpassed their original goal of $55,000 and revealed the total amount… $70,554.31!  We are incredibly proud of all who were involved and can’t wait to see how much they raise next year!

For more information on Four Diamonds, please click here

          

The perfect formula for props?  High school + fall play + set design = Yazoo tubes.

Spring Grove High School, a local school in our surrounding community, was in need of some materials for their fall play called Midsummer Jersey.  Yazoo donated six tubes and the students involved in the play turned them into trees as a part of the set design.

The play was a take on William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that takes place on the Jersey Shore.  Claire Shubert, director of the fall play, chose Midsummer Jersey and later found out that it was written by a York County native, Ken Ludwig.  She said “the students wanted a comedy and I wanted something linked to Shakespeare, so the play fit perfectly.”

Shubert also picked the play so students could learn more about Shakespeare and the 1960’s, the era the play is revolved around.  The play ran from November 18-20, 2016 and
each performance presented a packed house with laughter bouncing off of the walls.

     

We have been a longtime supporter and donor of countless non-profit organizations that raise money to find cures. Recently, we donated cores to AB Graphic, a leader in the label printing industry, who partnered up with other companies to help print stickers for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Labels and Labeling says “The donated stickers will be printed at Innovative Labeling Solutions in Ohio and Nosco in Illinois prior to the show. HP Indigo will handle some printing on site, and AB Graphic will convert the stickers on its Digicon Series 3 finishing unit that will be on display in their booth (#3223). More than 350,000 stickers will be printed and donated to the National MS Society. That’s 210,000 feet of material that normally would be thrown in the trash going to a good cause.

The bulk of the printed jobs will be 2-inch round stickers to be used at the organization’s Walk MS or Bike MS events, which happen in cities across the US. Rectangle runner’s bibs also will be printed.

The National MS Society is America’s leading charity organization dedicated to multiple sclerosis research, education and advocacy. The society’s fundraising events raise money to fund research, support groups and lobbying efforts.

AB Graphic and HP Indigo have partnered with Acpo, Actega, Rotometrics and Yazoo Mills for this cause, and all have donated materials or services.”

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease affecting the central nervous system. According to the National MS Society, MS is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the
immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the central nervous system.  The society says that MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

The concept to donate printed labels came from Tony Bell of AB Graphic and Alon Bar-Shany of HP. Choosing the National MS Society as the beneficiary was an idea came from AB Graphic
operations manager Tim Staples.

“We’ve never done anything on this scale and with a large nonprofit,” Staples said. “We wanted to do something where we weren’t throwing away 20,000 meters of material a day. So much of this material is gone to waste.”

Staples continued: “Most of it is going in the trash. If a nonprofit organization can use these products, then it’s a win-win-win. We get to show our equipment, it’s a tax deduction for manufacturers, and it’s a great relief on these nonprofits.”

The initiative also is a ‘personal crusade’ for Staples, who was diagnosed with MS in May after what he first believed were complications from Lasik eye surgery. He lost sight in half of his eye, and when he went back to the eye doctor, he was sent for a brain scan that detected MS.

After the diagnosis he turned to the MS Society for help in understanding the disease.

“There’s a lot of information out there, but the reputable information comes from the National MS Society,” he said.

MS can cause many symptoms.  Currently, there is no cure for MS, but treatments are available to reduce the number of relapses and delaying the progression of disability.”

Join Labels and Labeling in donating to the cause here

      

It has been two years since Olivia’s House, a grief and loss center for children, opened their doors and hearts to the town of Hanover, PA.  Since that time, they have served over 50 families and a total of 62 children through their “Hearts Can Heal” program.  As a non-profit organization, they are not able to do all that they do without the support of many generous donors.  Yazoo Mills will become a Mortgage Angel for the second time, donating $1,500 to Olivia’s House in Hanover for the month of November 2016.

The Hanover location is located at 101 Baltimore Street and is a 15-room facility which serves to meet children’s grief and loss needs in the greater Hanover community.  Olivia’s
House offers a variety of no-cost programs and services to meet the many needs of grieving families such as Pre-Death Support, Peer Support Programs, WINGS – Social Support, Lending Library, Educational Support, Professional Adjunct Services, and Pet Loss Services.

Our donation and support will play an integral role in helping sustain central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland’s premier grief and loss center for children.

For more information on Olivia’s House and how you can help, please click here