Through the combined support of its channel partners, end users and employees throughout the US, Crosby once again surpassed its original fundraising goal of $25,000, raising a total of $50,000.

Fallen Patriots provides college scholarships and educational counselling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. After government programmes, the average shortfall in college funding is $25,000 for an individual student.

This is the third year Crosby and its partners have come together to support the Fallen Patriots. In total, $125,000 has been raised to-date for this worthy cause. 

From 1 September through 31 October, The Crosby Group committed to donate $500 for every Crosby and sister company Acco Material Handling Solutions’ in-person training event it hosted in the US. In addition, proceeds from the popular User’s Guide for Lifting online training course during this time went toward the goal.

Robert Desel, CEO of The Crosby Group, said: “We sincerely appreciate our channel partners, end users and employees who, once again, made this year’s campaign a tremendous success. We are honoured to make this donation to further support the foundation’s important mission and help meet the educational needs of… children.”

Cynthia Kim, co-founder and co-chief of staff of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, said: “Fallen Patriots is truly honoured to partner with The Crosby Group. Not every patriot wears the uniform, and it's patriots like Crosby who make our mission possible. [Their] generosity sends a message to the children left behind, that they are not forgotten, and their fellow Americans honour the service and sacrifice of their parent.”

Approximately 25,000 children have lost an active-duty parent in the military over the past 35 years. Of those, 97% of casualties are men, leaving behind single mothers to care for their families, and 60% report having trouble making ends meet. The foundation said that $625m is needed nationwide to cover the gap between government assistance and the actual cost of a degree. Since 2002, Fallen Patriots has provided more than $61m in total assistance to more than 2,700 military children with more than 900 graduates. ? 

The Crosby Group’s involvement with the US military stretches back to its earliest days, with it supplying shackles and other hardware. Today, more than 40 US veterans work in the company’s facilities designing, manufacturing and distributing rigging hardware and material handling equipment.

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