OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Local homebuilder, Taber LeBlanc, is in the business of providing shelter for people around the Oklahoma City region. But in the past few years, he has expanded his efforts to offer warmth as well.
LeBlanc's company, Homes By Taber, recently completed its annual coat drive to benefit City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City. This year's contributions totaled than 709 coats, doubling last year's collection.
The coat drive began on a small scale a few years ago, when LeBlanc, an Edmond native, heard about some foster children who not only lacked winter coats, but didn't even have blankets for their beds. He purchased new coats and bedding for the children. The experience opened his eyes to a need in the area.
The City Rescue Mission helps thousands of people each year, from serving meals to providing shelter. Last year alone, they served more than two million meals. The mission provides a women's shelter, family shelter, the Bridge to Life recovery program, weekly medical clinic, and educational facility. At any given time, about 50 to 60 children live there. When the 2016 coat drive was launched, City Rescue was "home" to about 70 children.
"With so many giving people in our community, there's no reason someone should go without a coat this winter," said Taber. "Every coat will make a difference in someone's life, and I'm thankful that hundreds of children and adults will be a little more comfortable because of the contributions we received."
Homes By Taber's coat drive involved the employees, tradesmen, vendors, and Realtors. Donation boxes were placed in model homes at each of the company's 13 communities in Edmond, Moore, Mustang, Oklahoma City, Piedmont, and Yukon. The company raised the ante on involvement by sponsoring a contest: the Sales & Marketing team versus the Field team. The winner gets a pizza party, with the food to be served by the losing team. The tally revealed that the Sales and Marketing team prevailed, but it was a very close outcome.
LeBlanc founded the Taber Cares initiative to support local charities. In addition to City Rescue Mission, the company has helped the local chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Children's Tumor Foundation, March of Dimes, Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and Free to Live Animal Sanctuary.
About Homes By Taber
Homes By Taber was founded in 2000 by Taber LeBlanc, a former insurance claims adjuster who used his knowledge—and degree in Business Marketing and Business Management from Oklahoma State University—to meet the need for a service-oriented homebuilder. He partnered with his father-in-law, John Alexander, who had more than 30 years of experience in building and development. Homes By Taber currently builds in 25 different locations around the OKC metropolitan area.
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