Local UAW provides suitcases for foster kids

From left, Karen Foster, Angie Wymer and Rosa Rankin, members of the Local United Auto Workers 2999 union, set up suitcases for children in foster care. Kaley Toy/Daily

STRASBURG – United Auto Workers 2999 Strasburg chapter provided suitcases for children in area foster care programs on Monday.

The Suitcase for Children event provided needed items to children going into foster care. At this event, 31 suitcases were available for children to keep as their own as they move throughout the system.

According to Karen Foster, president of the local UAW, the union formed in 1999 and has been serving the community since its formation.

“But there’s so much more we want to do,” Foster said.

The UAW are workers from the International Automotive Components in Strasburg who serve the community through food drives, donating to local homeless shelters, women’s shelters, nursing homes and schools, Foster said.

The UAW wants the community to know that “we’re here,” and to partner with them for community service events throughout the region.

Angie Wymer, chairperson of the committee, said spreading awareness on their union is important for better serving the community.

“If there’s a need, let us know,” she said.

Foster said, “We try to reach out to not only this community, but to others.”

The UAW pays for community events through fundraising, raffles and donations, Foster said.

“Everything that we get goes right back out,” she said.

For more information on the UAW, visit their office at 232 W. King Street in Strasburg, or call 540-465-5485.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com