Keeping kindness on the move

One part of Atlanta’s supply chain has been running smoothly, thanks to the volunteer manpower provided by Two Men and Truck.

During the height of the pandemic, the Marietta-based company was a lifeline for those who rely on the Friends of Disabled Adults and Children by giving in-kind transportation services.

“Their volunteer efforts allowed us to provide nearly $1 million worth of mixed medical supplies and equipment to hospitals such as Grady Memorial, Piedmont Healthcare, Southern Regional Medical Center, Northside Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” said Laurie Ann Kimbrell, the Friends’ development director. “They helped us deliver N95 masks, ventilators, CPAPs, oxygen concentrators and hospital beds, all of which were in short supply during the COVID peak.”

The moving company has also been a long-time supporter of the Friends mission, Kimbrell said, by providing pick-ups and deliveries to clients and partners. That sort of community service is a core component of the business since it launched in Marietta 21 years ago, said Two Men’s Marketing Coordinator Taylor Hayes.

“It’s part of how the business was built,” said Hayes. “Our founder decided from the beginning that charity work was going to play a big part.”

Hayes regularly reaches out to local nonprofits to offer the services of a moving van and crew. And she has a number of “regulars” on her list of local charities to support.

One group we work with a lot is the Cherokee Veterans program,” she said. “Every time they have a veteran who needs moving, we do it. We also work with Kids Care; they have a lot of events that collect donations, and we provide them with supplies and moving boxes.”

A volunteer move might mean picking up and delivering a few big items or several hours to relocate an entire household.

“It shows up on the schedule like any other move, but we make sure our employees are aware of what they’re there for,” said Hayes. “Our guys love doing it. It’s always fun to watch them interact with everybody.”

The staff also appreciates the value of giving back, said Hughes.

“Our community and the people in it are what help keep our business going, and it’s incredibly meaningful for us to work with different nonprofits in our area that do so much to move our community forward.”

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