A $1,000 donation has been made to the Smithtown Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind by Chris Reimels. Reimels received the Community Award through his employer, Allstate Insurance, located on Indian Head Road in Kings Park.
The Allstate Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that recognizes employees who are committed to community volunteerism. The award comes with a $1,000 grant
“He makes a point of getting involved personally by dedicating his time and efforts to making a difference in people’s lives,” said Larry Sedillo, Assistant Field Vice President.
The Guide Dog Foundation provides guide dogs to the blind that seek enhanced mobility and independence. They are supported entirely by donations and receive no government funding.
Reimels said his connection with the Guide Dog Foundation is long standing and runs in the family beginning with his mother-in-law having who has been a volunteer there.
“Our wedding gifts, over ten years ago was a donation there. That is how my wife and I got started,” said Reimels.
“We are always grateful for the support of our local community,” said William Kroll, communications director for the Guide Dog Foundation.
Reimel says it feels good to give back and he enjoys being part of the company's give back program.
“The Guide Dog Foundation does so much not only with sight, but with companionship in the dog one receives,” said Reimel.