Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
Mitsui Foods, Inc.
Jeans for Charity
In autumn 2017, Mitsui Foods, Inc. (MFI), NJ, launched a “Jeans for Charity” initiative and selected St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the beneficiary of this workplace fundraising. It’s a pretty simple idea; employees donate cash for a designated charity linked with a “perk” of wearing blue jeans to the office on specified days.
“What a great, fun way to help a favorite charity,” noted Kimberly from Mitsui Foods, “The office spirit seems to soar as we get a ‘dress down’ day and a deep-hearted satisfaction that comes from helping those in need. I hope Mitsui Foods continues our Jeans for Charity days, especially since so many people, in so many locations, need help at this time.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Children is a leading children’s hospital pioneering research and treatment for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Blanket & Sleeping Bag Relief Drive for Houston
In late August 2017 when Houston, TX, experienced historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey, Mitsui employees answered the call for donations of new blankets and sleeping bags, and cash support, too, for various local charities involved with the Houston area’s recovery efforts.
Together employees of Mitsui Foods, Mitsui New York, Mitsui Los Angeles, Mitsui Nashville, Mitsui Washington DC, and Paul Stuart ran local office “Relief Drives” for Mitsui Houston and the community-at-large.
- 174 new blankets and sleeping bags were donated;
- within five business days of the Drive’s launch more than 50 warm and comforting bedding items were shipped to Mitsui Houston Group Companies’ families;
- less than two weeks later another 120 were shipped to help the shelters of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command;
- plus, cash raised by Mitsui employees and Mitsui Foundation USA “matching” was donated to Houston Food Bank, Humane Society of Houston, Habitat for Humanity of Houston, Greater Houston Community Foundation, American Red Cross.
Mitsui Foods employees’ bedding items specifically were given to the Salvation Army Family Residence which provides a place of safety and healing for women and children, many of whom are victims of domestic violence, crime, and generational poverty.
Since 1984, the Family Residence’s current Salvation Army location on McGowen St. has been providing families in need a safe place to get back on their feet, along with the necessary help and support to understand and address the root causes of their circumstances.