Apple Physical Therapy recognized for community giving

Charity: Puyallup-based company helps Salvation Army with coat donations, adopt-a-family program

of the HeraldDecember 25, 2013 

Apple Physical Therapy provides rehabilitation services, but the company of 320 employees goes beyond that.

Throughout the year, Apple Physical Therapy gives back in many ways. The 24 locations make an impact with struggling families through Young Life, Agros, food banks, Rotary clubs and the Salvation Army.

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

“I’m honored to receive this award,” Johnson announced after he receiving it 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 impact on families the Salvation Army serves starts in the fall, when warm coats, socks and underwear are donated and collected. Staff members and patients at Apple clinics have donated more than 11,000 items since 2005.

During the Christmas season, Apple Physical Therapy clinics participate in the Salvation Army’s adopt-a-family program. The clinics sponsored five families in east Pierce County, one in Thurston county and two in King County this season.

Apple COO Beth Marker said she’s enjoyed spearheading the adopt-a-family drive for many years. Although she no longer runs the program, she and her husband still go 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. Mothers usually receive a basket of soaps and pampering items. Fathers receive a gift card. In addition, each family receives a food basket.

Johnson said he started his business in Puyallup 30 years ago to help raise his family. Now, his family has broadened to include his 320 employees plus their families, he said. Together, they all contribute to the community.

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

Johnson said he takes that from the Bible’s Book of Genesis.

“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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