Apple Physical Therapy recognized for community giving

The HERALDDecember 13, 2013 

Randy Johnson, CEO of Apple Physical Therapy, has received the "others" award from the Puyallup Valley Salvation Army.

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Although Apple Physical Therapy in name only provides rehabilitation services, what the company of 320 employees does in the community goes beyond just that.

Throughout the year, Apple Physical Therapy, with 24 locations in Western Washington, gives back to the community in many different ways: impacting struggling families through Young Life, Agros, local food banks, Rotary and the Salvation Army.

Its the company’s partnership with the Salvation Army in Puyallup specifically that earned Apple Physical Therapy CEO Randy Johnson the Salvation Army “Others” award. This award recognizes Johnson’s spirit of service to “others.”

“I’m honored to receive this award,” Johnson announced after receiving the award last month. “It’s an important testament to Apple’s core values in action. Compassion is one that is knit into the fabric of our entire culture to the point that I doubt there’s a weekend where Apple, on some level, isn’t serving the community.”

Apple’s huge impact on families served by the Salvation Army starts in the fall when warm coats, socks and underwear are donated and collected. Since 2005, donations from staff and patients at the different Apple clinics have equaled more than 11,000.

And during the Christmas season, Apple Physical Therapy clinics participate in the Salvation Army’s adopt-a-family program.

This season Apple Physical Therapy clinics sponsored five families in east Pierce County, one family in Thurston county and two families in King County.

For many years, Beth Marker, COO at the company, said she enjoyed spearheading the adopt-a-family program drive. Though she no longer runs the program, Marker said she and her husband still enjoy going out shopping for gifts for adopted families.

“It’s fun to get to be creative on what a child may want for Christmas,” Marker said. “We do fundraising for these families throughout the year, so anything that is not purchased by someone else there is plenty of money to get gift cards or gifts.”

Marker said each child per family receives two pairs of pants, two shirts, a coat, a pair of pajamas and two toys. For mothers, usually a basket of soaps and pampering items is given and dads receive a gift card. In addition, each family receives a food basket.

Johnson said thirty years ago he started his business in Puyallup to help raise his family. Now, he said, his family has broadened to include his 320 employees plus their families. Together, they all contribute back to the community.

“One of my beliefs is that I have been blessed to be a blessing,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he takes this from the book of Genesis when God speaks to Moses.

“It became apparent to me that we had to say thank you to our supporters in a little bit different way than had been done in the past,” Johnson said.

Reporter Andrew Fickes can be reached at 253-552-7001 or by email at andrew.fickes@puyallupherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_andrew.

 

 

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