American & Essendant: providing school supplies to kids in need!

The Titans present their donation to staff from Ben Milam Elementary School and Sam Houston Elementary School

Over the weekend, some of our American employees (with the help of their softball team) collaborated with our office supplies vendor, Essendant, to donate to schools in the Dallas, TX area. American’s Director of Vertical Markets, Sarah Thomas, has been part of the softball team for 5 years – a group that adopts families over the holidays, works with children’s hospitals, donates to food pantries and participates in other fundraisers throughout the year.

“There are so many people who live in our neighborhoods that can’t afford the simplest of items, the bare necessities to live day to day,” Sarah says, “In order for children to escape a poverty-stricken life, they need to be educated, and simple supplies such as a backpack and notebook are critical in obtaining an education that can help them get a good job and provide for themselves and their family someday.” She also advocates that others should look for local non-profits in their community by contacting area hospitals, schools or food shelves.

Sarah reached out to American’s account executive, Dan Kaiser, to see how Essendant could help their cause and was met with an extremely positive response.

“Personally, I find that giving back is a privilege, as it brings together the best of who we are for those who need help,” shares Dan Kaiser, Essendant’s Account Executive, “Essendant is committed to helping our customers win, making this a better company, and making our communities better. Our purpose-driven culture celebrates people, and we honor them with our actions.”

Through The Essendant Charitable Foundation, nearly 500 grants are awarded to help meet critical human needs such as shelter, food & safety, education, support for military families, medical research and disaster relief.


We are so proud to have employees and business partners who are committed to improving our communities. This is proof that when we work together, our impact is multiplied, resulting in brighter futures and better lives for the people around us. If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact Sarah Thomas or Dan Kaiser or charities near you!

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