Usually, Machinists Union members working at Cape Canaveral in Florida are making headlines for helping NASA reach the stars and making dreams come true. Today, we celebrate their work on the ground, still helping to reach for the stars, but in a different way. This holiday season, our IAM family in Florida once again spent time making some Christmas dreams come true for the children in foster care with the Brevard Family Partnership.
“Every year, it never ceases to amaze me how our members step up to take care of the community,” said District 166 Directing Business Representative Robert Miller. “This is what it means to be part of a union. We are family here in Florida and we will always take care of each other.”
For the 16th year, our union family at IAM Local 2061, IAM Local 610, IAM Local 773, District 166 and numerous corporate sponsors joined together for this year’s annual holiday toy drive, raising more than $31,000 to help bring some holiday joy and presents to nearly 400 kids currently living in foster care in Brevard County, FL. Even without being able to hold various fundraising events as they’ve done in the past due to COVID-19 restrictions, our brothers and sisters at the Cape showed once again that no task is out of reach for our membership.
“Our members at the Cape help turn dreams into reality for a living each and every time they put a rocket in the sky or help NASA reach places thought to be out of reach. But the passion they have for their work and their community doesn’t stop when their shift is over,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Rickey Wallace. “That sense of pride and service shows in everything they do. The Machinists Union will always answer the call and help make dreams come true whenever possible.”
The Machinists can’t take all the credit for being able to stand in for Santa when needed. Special thanks goes to everyone in our IAM family who gave their time, money and holiday spirit to make this happen. And the IAM thanks all the sponsors who joined them, including Target for its donation and for letting our elves shop their shelves, Herndon Solutions Group, LLC and Bass Pro Shops in Daytona for their yearly support. And as always, the friends and neighbors at the Cape who have always made the IAM feel at home, we couldn’t do it without you.