84 Lumber gives back to Fayette County
Giving back to the community has been part of the fabric of 84 Lumber and last month was no different.
Following an EF-1 tornado that struck in the Uniontown, Pa. community this past February, bringing 150 mile per hour winds and destruction, 84 Lumber’s local store delivered building materials to the Fayette County Community Action Agency (FCCAA) to help with ongoing recovery efforts.
About 15,000 pounds of building supplies, including lumber and plywood, were provided to the FCCAA. The materials are being used to help restore businesses and homes that were impacted by the storm.
Additionally, hygiene products, including toothpaste, soap, and razors were donated to the East End United Community Center in Uniontown. 84 Lumber employees, along with associates from the company’s Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, also provided manpower while providing a free luncheon to area residents.
“Our associates, customers and communities are part of the 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort families,” said Maggie Hardy Magerko, president and owner of 84 Lumber and Nemacolin. “In the wake of this unprecedented storm, we’re committed to supporting Uniontown. We will continue to assess the damage and help with repairs so that together, we can get people back to their lives.”
Both Hardy Magerko and 84 Lumber founder Joe Hardy have been long-time advocates for Uniontown and other communities across Fayette County, the company said in a statement.
Hardy Magerko also recently donated $7,300 check to the neighboring Brownsville School District to purchase metal detectors.
The lumber executive said she felt compelled to make the donation following a thwarted school shooting scare at Uniontown High School this past January in addition to the shooting in Lakeland, Fla.
“I don’t know all the answers to preventing violence in our schools, but I do know we have to do more,” Magerko said. “I can’t overstate my gratitude to the dedicated police officers and security guards who protect our children and educators day in and day out, but they can’t do it alone. It makes me absolutely sick that school safety has become a political issue and people like me have to step in and help. Safety should never be a choice; it’s common sense and absolutely necessary.”
According to Brownsville School District Superintendent, Keith Hartbauer, one metal detector will be installed at Brownsville High School and another at Brownsville Middle School.
Hartbauer went to say, “We are thrilled to have someone like Maggie Hardy Magerko take an avid interest in the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Her generous contributions will positively impact 1600 people every day.”
Based in Eighty Four, Pa., 84 Lumber operates more than 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops and engineered wood product (EWP) centers in 30 states, representing the top 130 markets in the country.
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