In the spirit of the holiday season, Blue Stone Solutions, Ltd. in Springfield, Ohio, a leader in agronomic and specialty crop fertilizer, has found a unique way to give back on behalf of the agricultural communities it serves.
Blue Stone Solutions Ltd. recently held its annual customer appreciation event to celebrate its 10th year in business. More than 100 customers attended and had the opportunity to participate in a raffle benefiting a charitable cause. Each customer was given 10 tickets to distribute however they chose among different raffle prizes. For each ticket that was entered into the grand prize raffle, a handmade American flag quilt, Blue Stone Solutions Ltd. donated $10 to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
“We’re proud to have donated a total of $1,500 to the Wounded Warrior Project from the fundraiser we held at our customer appreciation day,” says Ed Cross, owner of Blue Stone Solutions Ltd. “Our customers’ choice to put their tickets into the raffle for the quilt just shows how generous our customers really are.”
The grand prize was donated to the raffle by Susan Kerr, a local farmer who worked on the quilt while planting this past spring. She sewed the pieces together by hand while in her truck and then had it machine quilted.
“I’ve always thought that if the wagon train people could make quilts while crossing the country, then I could make a quilt in the truck while I was out in the field,” Kerr says.
“I think the story behind the quilt gives it so much character,” says Diane Cross, co-owner of Blue Stone Solutions Ltd. “Farming can benefit people in more ways than one, whether it’s feeding the world’s population or using spare time in the fields to benefit a charity.”
When it came to choosing which charitable cause to donate to, employees of Blue Stone Solutions Ltd. decided to stick with the patriotic theme of the quilt. The family owned company has many personal ties to the military, including several family members who have served and a former employee who just returned from service in Afghanistan.
“Most people don’t know that more military recruits come from the Midwest than any other part of the country,” Cross says. “It’s just one way for us to support the men and women from our communities that make the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.”