Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Big Erics Inc. donates 550 table settings in partnership with United Way Halifax


(HALIFAX, NS) October 4, 2017 –– Big Erics Inc. is pleased to announce the donation of 550 table settings to charitable organizations across HRM, in partnership with United Way of Halifax. The regional leader for supplies distribution in multiple sectors, Big Erics is proud to be contributing to the community.

“We are thrilled to be able to make this contribution to the communities that we serve,” said Norm Mensour, CEO at Big Erics. “Supporting local is at the core of what we do and there is no better way to demonstrate that than by giving to the organizations who work tirelessly for others.”

As a member of multiple communities within Atlantic Canada, Big Erics has incorporated charitable giving and community support into its culture. By providing in-kind donations and supporting local fundraising events, Big Erics has been a proud partner of local not-for-profit and charitable organizations across the region for many years.

In order to identify where this donation, worth $30,000, would have the greatest impact, Big Erics partnered with the United Way of Halifax.

“United Way Halifax is proud to be partnering with Big Erics and would like to extend our sincere thanks for this generous donation,” said Daniel Blacquiere, Donor Engagement Officer at United Way Halifax. “The work done in our communities by our funded agencies is so incredibly important for individuals and families in our city and having the support from businesses such as Big Erics helps ensure that these non profits can focus on providing aid for those they serve.”

The donation will be shared with charitable organizations across the region. One of the recipients, Alice Housing, expressed gratitude for Big Erics and United Way:

“Alice Housing provides safe housing for women and their children fleeing domestic violence. Often, the women who are coming to us are having to start over with nothing. We work hard at Alice Housing to provide all the supplies a person would need to start up a new household but we can’t do it alone,” said Heather Bryne, the Executive Director. “A donation like this from Big Erics through the United Way is going to go a very long way in helping us provide these women with not only safety, but the independent fresh start they need.”

Recipient organizations will be picking up their donations at Big Erics on October 5, with generous transportation assistance provided by Enterprise.

About Big Erics
Big Erics Inc. is the largest distributor of restaurant supplies and equipment, janitorial supplies and equipment, automotive detailing supplies, and industrial chemicals in Atlantic Canada. Formerly Sani Pro Inc., Janitor’s Market Inc., and Big Eric’s Restaurant Supplies Ltd., Big Erics brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the industries it serves while maintaining a commitment to excellent customer service.

About United Way Halifax
United Way Halifax is an impact organization that understands community need and opportunity in Halifax and brings people and resources together to address them. We envision our city to be united by compassion, rich in opportunity and free from poverty. Key areas of focus include poverty solutions, affordable housing and homelessness and inclusive communities. In this work we fund a network of community agencies and partner with municipal, provincial, federal, non-profit and private sector organizations. In 2016, United Way Halifax invested over $5 million in community. This investment includes funding to 48 agency partners, neighbourhood development, 211, the mobile food market, our collective work on issues of housing and homelessness, as well as distributing donor designated gifts to worthwhile charities in our community.