The Dream Program: Tom Bellock
Partnership is at the core of what we do at Porter Pipe. Of course, this is central to our promise to our customers. But it’s also central to the promise we make to everyone on our team. They’re our greatest asset and we can’t deliver on our customer promise without them. With so much appreciation for all the hard work that goes into making Porter Pipe what it is, we want to make sure that it shows. There are a number of benefits we share to show appreciation for our team members, from complimentary workout facilities at our Addison Headquarters to our Team Member of the Month program.
Another big way we show our appreciation is through our Monthly Dream Program, where each month we make a dream come true for one team member. For November, the recipient of our Dream Program was Tom Bellock, one of our Bulldog Cartage drivers. Tom’s dream was to give back to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House who helped his family out during the birth of their second child, Tyler.
Born with a congenital heart defect, Tyler required emergency surgery. Don’t worry! Tyler is happy, healthy and recently celebrated his first birthday! This is in large part thanks to the love and care the Bellock family received from the Heart Center at the hospital and the Chicagoland chapter of the Ronald McDonald House, who provided the family room and board near the hospital while Tyler was being cared for.
To make Tom’s dream come true, we rallied the entire Porter Pipe team. After receiving donation wish lists from both the hospital and the Ronald McDonald house, our team came together during a two-week donation drive, giving both funds and goods to these amazing organizations. In total, we raised $6000 and another $6000 in supplies. And on November 18—Tyler’s first birthday!—Tom hand delivered everything from the donation drive to our local Ronald McDonald House.
To give back to our team members only to have them give back in return is truly special, especially around the holiday season. So a special thanks goes out to our guy Tom, who is not only an integral part of our Bulldog Cartage team, he’s an integral part of our family as well.