Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 Donates $5,000 & Thousands of Diapers

By on February 5, 2018

From Labor Tribune:  Hugh McVey, retired president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, walked back to his car with tears welling after helping Plumbers and Pipefitters 562 deliver donations to the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery-St. Charles on Thursday, Jan. 18.

“I don’t cry much, but that was something,” McVey said, shaking his head.

Local 562 Business Manager John O’Mara presented Crisis Nursery Communications Director Jane Beckman with a mountain of diaper donations in a collection effort dubbed “Wrap a Bottom.”

Now, because of the kindness of Local 562, there are diapers galore, enough to fill a room at the Nursery’s modest brick building in Old Town St. Charles.

O’Mara, in a surprise offering, also gave Beckman a check for $5,000, causing her to burst into tears.

The money, collected through member donations, will help the not-for-profit agency continue to harbor children from abuse and neglect through their emergency shelter. The shelter operates strictly on donations.


About 75 members, retirees, volunteers, office staff and officers from Local 562 joined in the delivery, unloading a caravan of trucks and car trunks stuffed with donations collected from job sites, union meetings and at the union hall during the month.

“We didn’t do this through a fundraiser. Our members step up every month to help a charity,” O’Mara said. “They do it because that’s one of the things our union members do. We help our communities.”

O’Mara said each month the membership makes suggestions on various not-for-profit organizations, meets to discuss options and selects the organization with the most need for monthly charity. The charity program has long been a priority for the union, O’Mara said.

Local 562 Staff Assistant Abby O’Mara then calls the organization selected to see what is needed most, organizes donations and deliveries each month. She says the extra work is all worthwhile.

“Everyone enjoys the deliveries,” O’Mara said. “It’s so nice to help those in the community, but it’s sad to see so many social service organizations struggling.”

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