Several values persist around the White Plains Linen laundry plant: family, loyalty, and selflessness. Family and loyalty are exhibited on a daily basis through the tight-knit bond of the employees and their impressive tenures in the Peekskill firm. The bar on selflessness was raised even higher over the past two weeks in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Partetua “Pat” Ribeiro, a White Plains Linen employee of 35 years, went to work with a purpose in mind: scrapping together whatever she could to help support those who found themselves in sudden need.
The storm became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005 when it made its way through southeastern Texas and Louisiana beginning on August 24th. While Harvey’s destruction was vast, no city was hit harder than Houston, the country’s fourth-most populated city.
Ribeiro clocked in a few days later and began passing a bucket around the plant to her colleagues. Like her, fellow employees recognized the need to support the victims and emptied their pockets to raise money towards the American Red Cross’ hurricane relief efforts. The last person she brought the bucket to was White Plains Linen CEO Bruce Botchman.
Instead of pulling out his wallet, Botchman pledged something greater: a match the total of all of the money the staff donated. She went back into the plant with the news and brought the collective group’s donation to $1,341. After Botchman’s match, a total of $2,682 was collected for the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and sent to the organization last week.
“I have always known that we have the best employees here at White Plains Linen,” said Botchman. “I am so proud that these hard-working immigrant employees with their own families to support were so moved by Harvey’s destruction that they felt they had to do something to help.”