Dallas, Texas-based The Crosby Group LLC, the largest lifting, rigging, and material handling hardware company in the world is pleased to announce its Rigging for the Troops program for the second quarter of 2019. Crosby will donate up to $25,000 to the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation based on sales of its popular wire rope clips in April through June.
Fallen Patriots provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. After government programs, the average shortfall in college funding for a child of a veteran that was killed or wounded in service is $25,000. Supported by its loyal distributors and end users throughout the US, Crosby will donate a portion of each clip sale to this honorable cause.
Approximately 20,000 children have lost an active duty parent in the military over the last 35 years. Of those, 97% of casualties are men, leaving behind single mothers to care for their families with 60% reporting having trouble making ends meet. The foundation said that $500 million is needed nationwide to cover the gap between government assistance and the actual cost of a degree. Every time a worker in, the oil & gas, construction, and manufacturing industries across the US use a Crosby clip they can know they are doing a small part to help secure a better future for children of veterans that were killed or wounded protecting our freedom.
With a US manufacturing footprint that includes plants in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, Crosby’s involvement with the country’s military stretches back to its earliest days, supplying shackles and other hardware for military equipment. Today, more than 50 veterans work in the company’s facilities, designing, manufacturing, and distributing the best rigging hardware in the world.
Ron Vanderslice, Director of Marketing Communications at Crosby, said: “We have a long history of supporting non-profit organizations, from United Way to hurricane relief funds. Together with our distributors and end-users, we are proud to partner with Children of Fallen Patriots to help fulfill the funding requirements of young people affected by military casualties.” Vanderslice explained that the wire rope clip was invented by Oliver Crosby in 1888 and marked the beginning of what has become the largest rigging hardware manufacturer in the world. The storied history, expansive range and their use across all industries make the wire rope clip the logical product to align with this important initiative.
To raise awareness, Crosby has also launched a photo contest whereby end users can submit an image of an application featuring a wire rope clip and potentially be named as one of two weekly winners. Vanderslice explained: “The photo contest gives the millions of Crosby users across the US a way to show their support for Children of Fallen Patriots.