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Home Depot named ‘corporate angels'

June 03, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Amid a busy store, a quiet presentation was made at El Centro's The Home Depot on Friday.

The store was bestowed the humanitarian award for 2001-2002 by the Calexico Host Lions Club for its ongoing contributions to Valley Orthopaedic Clinic.

The award was given "in recognition of exceptional accomplishments to helping the disadvantaged in our community," it says.

The presentation was made by Charles Jordan, Lions Club president and clinic board member. He said The Home Depot helped collect 2,000 pairs of eyeglasses and provided drivers and trucks to deliver furniture to the clinic, among other things.

"They've just been above and beyond," Jordan said. "They've been great corporate angels for Lions Club and the clinic."

Store manager Tom Jacobsen said the store has been helping since the week it opened in late July 2001 and will continue to do so.

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The Home Depot also donated a full kitchen showcase.

"It's been a pretty good relationship so far," he said, adding the hardest part about making corporate gifts is choosing from among all of those in need. He said the company's corporate values include giving back to the community, especially children. "It is absolutely our pleasure."

Attending the event was El Centro Mayor Larry Grogan and Cathy Kennerson, chief executive officer of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.

Grogan said it was with "deep-felt gratitude" that the business was recognized.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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