Some people write a check every holiday season to their favorite charity, and that is great. Then, there are those people who roll up their sleeves and try to make a difference. The latter describes the CEO of Gulf Coast Western, Matthew Fleeger.
Based in Dallas, Fleeger spends a lot of time working and helping many charities in the area. The one closest to his heart is probably the work he does with the Sadie Keller Foundation. The foundation was founded by Sadie Keller, who at the time was battling cancer. Her goal is to help bring smiles to the faces of children facing cancer. Fleeger is also a cancer survivor. It is that diagnosis that prompted Fleeger to do more for others.
Every Christmas The Sadie Keller Foundation and Gulf Coast Western team up and deliver toys to children who will spend the holidays in a Dallas area hospital. Though this holiday season looked a little different because of the pandemic, it did not stop Fleeger. He donated $25,000, and his employees donated their time to buy gifts.
However, Fleeger’s charity contributions do not stop there. Fleeger gives a percentage of the company’s earnings to a local food bank. The company also provides help to other children’s charities in the Dallas area. The charities include Smile Train who helps children with cleft palates. They also support St. Judes and Shriners Hospitals. Gulf Coast Western also supports children pursuing education in a STEM field and the Magdalene House. Magdalene House supports women who have escaped or survived sex trafficking. Fleeger states that it is part of the company’s core values to support the local community.