The Man behind the name:[Soft Break][Soft Break]Elmer Back came from a very[Soft Break] small town in Kentucky hoping to make a better life for his family. [Soft Break]Little did he know many people his life would affect. He was the President of the Shipyard Union (PSA) and on the board of directors for the Arc of the Virginia Peninsula. The consumers of the Arc were his heart and soul and he did so very much to help keep the Arc up and running. He started our current program at the Arc under the name “Galaxy of Gifts”, and helped operate it until 5 days before he died. He could not stay away. Anytime anyone had a need, Elmer Back was there with open arms to fill that need, out of his own pockets. That was his joy in life. Elmer never asked for anything in return. Seeing the smiles he created was all he ever needed. He always stood in the background and that is why we are bringing him to the fore ground today.
Elmer always believed in helping anyone who would help themselves. That is what we believe also.
What Can I do to help?
There are many ways in which you can help us make that difference in someone’s life.
- Donations are always needed and very appreciated
- Help secure a truck and a new building we can work from
- Help spread the word
- Help secure more donors
The Elmer Back Gifting Center
select from a variety of brand name items
Helping others help themselves.
If we can do one thing that helps someone improve their life, our work will not be in vain.
In today’s economy people are always looking for ways to help the needy. When they visit the Elmer Back Gifting Center that is exactly what they find.
Through a national network of manufacturers of clothes, collectibles, toiletries, software, wrapping paper, toys, books and other gift items, nonprofit organizations can select brand name items for a small processing fee. Donors include businesses such as Hallmark, Avon, Gillette, Tommy Hilfiger, Estee Lauder, Clinique & others.
Any 501(C) 3 organization that signs up with the Elmer Back Gifting Center can select from a variety of brand name items to accomplish their mission to serve youth and the needy. Currently, over 150 non-profit organizations have joined the Elmer Back Gifting Center family.
Through this program participating organizations have been able to provide personal items to individuals and families who are homeless, toys for children in after-school and day care programs and books for reading and tutoring projects.
Receiving items from the Elmer Back Gifting Center is a must for non-profits looking for items for recognition programs and other special events. The Elmer Back Gifting Center is located at 95 Tyler Avenue unit’s f and g Newport News, Virginia 23601.
To find out how YOUR ORGANIZATION can become a Elmer Back Gifting Center member contact Susie Culp at (757) 596-2601.
To live in a world where all people are valued for their uniqueness and no one is excluded because of his or her difference.
Helping others help themselves. If we can do one thing that helps someone improve their life, our work will not be in vain.
We only hope our efforts provide some of the same comfort to those we serve. Although we are a small organization, out hearts are big enough to accomplish many great things in the years to come.