Laborers Save Christmas for Kids Served by St. Louis Urban League

By on January 4, 2018

From the Labor Tribune:  Laborers Local 110’s Government Affairs Director Clint McBride was attending a recent St. Louis Board of Aldermen meeting when 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis, an at-large member of the St. Louis Urban League, told her fellow office holders that toys for needy children donated by Paric Construction had been stolen from the Urban League’s warehouse just before Christmas.

Presenting the check is District Council Business Manager Gary Elliott (second from left, Laborers 110 president) to Urban League’s Senior Vice President for Administration and Compliance Linda Harris (third from right) and Workforce Development Specialist Tydrell Stevens (right). Taking part in the special ceremony are and Local 110 Vice President Ronny Griffin (second from right) and (at left) Local 110 Government Affairs Director Clint McBride. – Labor Tribune photo

The toys were donated for children whose families were included in the 100 Neediest Cases featured each holiday season in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. But the stories that make it to the paper are only a sampling of the need. In fact, McBride said, there were more than 300 families identified this year as desperately in need of assistance.

And then somebody stole the children’s toys.

“It was such a travesty,” McBride said. “What do you do with all those toys?”

McBride took the news of the theft back to his union hall and the Eastern Missouri Laborers’ District Council, which came to the rescue, donating $5,000 on Dec. 20 to purchase new toys in another touching and generous example of the good unions do, beyond providing a quality, trained workforce, to help the neighbors in their communities.

“For something like that to happen, especially at this time of year, for people that need it the most, it was just heartbreaking,” McBride said. “We wanted to do something.”

The Urban League’s Senior Vice President for Administration and Compliance Linda Harris, said the generosity of the Laborers would go a long way toward helping the area’s neediest families.

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