Giving Back to our Community

The holidays here at POLYWOOD have been filled with fun, food, and the company of great co-workers.

Our ‘Ugly Sweater Contest’ group.

We celebrated another white elephant gift exchange, ugly sweater contest, and a delicious holiday carry-in. But for me, the greatest part of the holidays is giving back.

Like last year, we chose to help people right here in our own community. And, we’re very fortunate to have such a great staff at Syracuse Elementary School (which is just down the street from the POLYWOOD headquarters) who lead the way.

First, we piggy-backed with my husband’s 5th grade class and the rest of the elementary in collecting non-perishables for the Syracuse Food Pantry.


In the final week of collecting, students were bribed encouraged with an incentive of one chocolate chip cookie for every three items they brought. Their overall goal was to raise 2,500 items. If they reached their goal in the end, my husband’s class could pie him in the face!

In the end, 2,520 items were collected!

24 students = 24 pies

The committed teacher here, taking the pies like a champ.

POLYWOOD actually created a fun contest for employees too. For every five items we donated, we were entered to win a Mahogany Classic Adirondack (congrats to the winner, Jim Byler!).


Along with the food drive, we were able to help participate in the elementary school’s Giving Tree. This is very similar to Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, but focuses on families right here in Syracuse, Indiana.


We were given a list of items needed by local kids and their families and were able to shop for them before their Christmas break. With a little bit of time and pulling together our resources, we were able to give back to our community in a small way.

This is what makes Christmas so special to me and many others here at POLYWOOD.


Of course, there are so many worthwhile organizations out there that need our help — and not just during the holiday season.

If you’re looking to give back to your own community, here are a few ideas to get you started!

1. Volunteer at your local school, daycare, soup kitchen, animal shelter, nursing home, or even help build a house with Habitat for Humanity. Check out for more ideas.

2. Donate your unused items to your local shelter (or donate the proceeds from your next garage sale).

3. Exercise and donate! Join a walk or run for charity.

4. Are you a crafter? Check out this site to donate your sewing, knitting, etc. creations.

5. Start buying a few extra pantry items (from what you already buy) each time you go to the grocery. Then, donate those extras to your local food bank.

Whichever way you may choose to give back, remember even the littlest things can impact someone’s life. A smile at the grocery store, giving up the better parking spot, offering a helping hand without being asked, or just listening to someone who needs to talk.

From the POLYWOOD family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Blog Post Updated March 9, 2021

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