East Texas is blessed to have quite a few businesses that give back to the community.  Sometimes these businesses are local, mom and pop stores, and sometimes they are more of a regional, state, national or international brand.  You see their evidence everywhere.  Sometimes it's the banners on the fences at the youth baseball complex or other times it's the donation of the big ticket item for an organization's raffle or auction.

To those businesses who give back to our community we say a huge thank you, and to those that don't--you're missing out on a great opportunity to support this wonderful place we call home.

Georgia-Pacific is one of those international brands that understands the importance of giving back, even though their fingerprint is felt worldwide.  Quite often we are posting stories of how they are helping our community through cash and/or product donations, or just by providing volunteer labor.

Most recently, Georgia-Pacific is helping students build a better future by contributing to schools’ building and trades and Future Farmers of America (FFA) programs. The local building products company provided plywood to the students at Groveton Independent School District (GISD) to build various projects, including feed troughs and deer stands.  The students sell their crafts to the community and in return raise funds for their FFA chapter.  This is just one of many East Texas schools receiving GP products like plywood, lumber and particleboard each year for school projects.

Contributed Photo/GP
Contributed Photo/GP


Pictured (l to r) are Timothy Skinner, GP Camden Plywood Shipping Forklift Operator; Andrew Krenek, Groveton Ag Science Teacher; and Luther Cockrell, Groveton ISD Maintenance representative.


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