GRAFTON—In an effort to give back to their community, one local business recently made some donations to some organizations that ensure the county and city continue to be a great place to work, live and play.
Many people have heard of R&R Services and have seen their iconic red pickup trucks around town. Gary Rucker and Jeff Robinson have worked hard to bring a service to Taylor County and wanted to do something to show their appreciation for the community.
“We have had a lot of support from the community, and we wanted to show our appreciation by giving a little something back,” said Robinson.
To do so, the R&R family made their way around town to present checks to two entities that ensure a smoother running city, an organization dedicated to an important piece of our identity and history and another organization that is geared at ensuring area youths have a happy holiday.
Their first stop of the day was at the Grafton City building. While there, Larry Richman received a check on behalf of the International Mother’s Day Shrine Board.
“We really appreciate the donation by R&R,” voiced Richman. “The money will be put toward our stained-glass restoration project.”
During the project, 14 windows that are 14 feet high by 11 inches wide, 11 windows that are seven and a half feet in height and 39 inches wide and one window that stands 19 feet in height and 48 inches wide will be tended to.
The improvements being done to the windows include re-leading the windows, replacing any broken glass and repairing or replacing the wood window frames, as well as replacing the exterior acrylic storm coverings on the outside of the building, according to Richman.
While at the city building, a donation was made to the Grafton Police Department, an entity tasked with keeping the city safe, while building relationships with its people.
Grafton Police Chief Robert Beltner shared that it is his belief that those cultivating those relationships begins with the youngest residents.
“We are going to use this money as a way to give back to the future of Taylor County, our children,” revealed Beltner.
He said that the funds donated by R&R will be used to purchase educational materials that the police department will pass out to school-aged children within the city.
“Having a positive relationship with the students is a very important thing for our department. Interacting with them and educating them on issues we see in our profession is an important step in preventing the issues before they arise,” Beltner voiced.
He expressed his appreciation for R&R Services saying that he thought it was a very kind thing for them to do.
“It is nice to have the support of not only the people of the community but the businesses as well. Sometimes, law enforcement officers only hear the negative side of the profession or criticism. So, it is very rewarding when someone steps up and shows their appreciation for all that we do,” he said.
The Grafton Fire Department was also thrilled to be the recipient of the thoughtful gift as well.
“We appreciate the fact that R&R wanted to show their support of our efforts to help keep the community and their property safe,” said Grafton Fire Chief Wayne Beall. “We can’t express our gratitude for businesses like them for their continued support.”
He revealed that the money would be put to use to purchase equipment to outfit the fire engine that the department acquired last April.
After visiting the city building, the gang from R&R Services made their way to the Taylor County Courthouse to present a donation check to the Fraternal Order of Police’s Shop with A First Responder event.
Sheriff Terry Austin received the check on behalf of the organization and reported that the funds will be used to help purchase Christmas presents for area youths.
“Without these donations, this program would not be possible,” Austin shared. “Community-minded businesses like R&R Services, that want to put back into the community, make events like these possible, and we truly appreciate their donation.”
Austin said that the business was to be commended for their diligence in giving back to their community.