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Coveris presents donations to Albany area charities

Coveris donated $2,500 to local charities Wednesday in recognition of outstanding employee work in safety performance. From left are Danny Dukes, Tammy Ellis, Barry Fulcomer, Tina Moore, Frances Nelson, Kathy Edwards, Terron Hayes, Charles Plummer and Chris Jackson. (Staff photo: Laura Williams)

Coveris donated $2,500 to local charities Wednesday in recognition of outstanding employee work in safety performance. From left are Danny Dukes, Tammy Ellis, Barry Fulcomer, Tina Moore, Frances Nelson, Kathy Edwards, Terron Hayes, Charles Plummer and Chris Jackson. (Staff photo: Laura Williams)

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ALBANY — Thanks to an Albany business, many families will enjoy a merrier Christmas this year.

Coveris, a Procter & Gamble supplier formerly known as Exopack, makes employee safety a foundational principle in the workplace, and that diligence has now paid off in more ways than one.

Of the 17 Coveris branches in the U.S., only five were able to say they made it through the year without any injuries. Albany’s branch was one of those.

“We really make safety a priority for our employees here,” said Barry Fulcomer, the Albany plant’s facility manager. “From monthly meetings to constant updates and checkups, everyone is involved with making this area as safe as possible for everyone.”

In recognition of the achievement, the corporate offices of Coveris awarded each of the five branches $2,500 to distribute to two local charities of their choice.

Wednesday, Albany’s Coveris branch donated $1,250 each to the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office and the Second Harvest of South Georgia.

Representatives on hand to accept the checks were Lt. Terron Hayes, director of the DCSO crime prevention and intervention unit, and Danny Dukes, director of Second Harvest’s Thomasville branch.

“This is truly a blessing,” said Hayes. “We will immediately begin using this money for our ‘Shop With A Sheriff’ program, which helps provide Christmas for area families. We have already had a lot of calls notifying us of families in need.”

Dukes agrees. “It’s nice that there are people out there who are still willing to help, and it does make a difference. Because of that, we have had a really good year, collecting more the 20 million pounds of food to distribute to needy families.

“It really means a lot to so many people.”

In addition to the funds, Coveris also donated canned foods to Second Harvest and collected toys for donation to the Lily Pad.

“We’re glad that we can give help to people who need it,” said Fulcomer. “Our employees are excited about it too, and it’s a nice way to show recognition for their great work.”