SCIOTOVILLE — ProLift Industrial Equipment, of West Chester, Ohio donated a $4,500 Toyota forklift to Potter’s House Ministries. David Graffy, president of ProLift, which is a Toyota material handling company, made a trip to Potter’s House Ministries in Sciotoville Monday (Dec. 5) to bring the special gift.
Chad Garinger, of Potter’s House, and Sciotoville Church of the Nazarene, said this is the best gift that Potter’s House has ever received.
“Today Potter’s House is receiving a free Power Pallet Jack from Pro Lift Industries, to help us move 150 tons of produce, and product for the community,” Garinger said. “It will be put to great use here in our warehouse, and will be answering prayers in the mean time. We have not ever received anything this nice from anyone. This is the first time that they have done this for us, and they do this for other organizations throughout the region, but we were selected from numerous applications after their company voted down two organizations and then voted again and chose us to receive the free Power Jack.”
Garinger said they greatly appreciate the gift from ProLift, which will simplify the work that is done at Potter’s House.
“We serve over 30,000 families each year here at Potter’s House, and this is going to help all of our volunteers serve those families without hurting ourselves,” Garinger said. “We are blessed beyond words, and the volunteers that come through here manhandle 150 tons of food every year, and so they are also very appreciative of the donation, because without it, it is a lot of work. There are a lot of pulled muscles, a lot of headaches, and so forth. Anything that makes the Ministry more efficient is a blessing, and we are so thankful that Pro Lift has come through in this way for us.”
Graffy providing the new forklift is not comparable to the tremendous amount of work that staff and volunteers at Potter’s House perform.
“We have a program where a few times a year we have a company-wide vote for an organization to donate a forklift to,” Graffy said. “We have seven locations, and the Cincinnati location rallied around this particular organization and some of it, to the rest of the employees so that the vote came in to donate the forklift help to this organization. It is a small thing that we can do. We are a strong, successful company but the folks that really help the people are the people in this room, and so I don’t really want to take a lot of credit for Pro Lift, but want to give the credit to you folks as I am looking around the room for everything that you do for the folks around here that need it. So this is almost a token of gratitude to you.”
Mike Pospischill, sales manager of ProLift, said ProLift is proactive about making a difference in the community.
“We serve this community as best we can, reaching out to other organizations. We have done volunteer work at the Freestore Food Bank as an organization, and our president (of ProLift) is very much behind us as an organization, reaching into the community to make a difference,” Pospischill said. “So his words of gratitude for the work that is done here are very much from the heart, and we are grateful to you guys, and organizations like you throughout Ohio, because you are the difference makers. We are just glad to play some small part in the overall opportunity here, because lives are impacted and affected and reached for the gospel, and so we are truly grateful for what you do.”
The visiting staff also provided additional training of the new equipment to ensure safe and proper usage by the Potter’s House staff and volunteers.
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