On the evening of January 3, 2018, a fire breaks out in the Bad Rodach district of Breitenau. Matthias Löhnert, who is responsible for quality assurance for HABA toys, is able to escape the building unharmed, together with his family. The fire spreads to the roof framework of the adjoining residential building, causing around 250,000 euros in property damage. There is a great deal of sympathy and a fundraising campaign is launched to enable the family to quickly buy the essentials.
For some employees of the HABA Family of Companies it is clear that they want to do even more to help. One of them is Bärbel Sontag, who submitted the idea for the anniversary initiative “80 Years. 80 Good Deeds.” “We don’t have to wander very far to do a good deed when one of our own needs help.”
There is a lot to do and on two Saturdays in October ten employees from Controlling, Quality Assurance and the headquarters roll up their sleeves to build a new ceiling structure. For this, 240 m of roof battens and 80 m2 of Fermacell panels have to be glued and screwed together. Giving it everything they’ve got, the employees attach the panels and work under the most difficult conditions. The room in which they work is directly adjacent to the residential house and the cladding serves as fire protection for the wooden beam construction.
The employees also organized refreshments. “We don’t want the family to worry about anything,” says Elvira Löwel, who is proud of what they have achieved together. “For some employees it was a whole new experience, but it was a lot of fun.”
“We don’t have to wander very far to do a good deed when one of our own needs help.”
Matthias Löhnert and his family are delighted and at the same time overwhelmed by the helpfulness. “In the beginning,” says Matthias, “we were not sure whether we could accept the help from colleagues as part of the anniversary initiative. It was great to see how our colleagues came to the yard, bringing food, and without asking a lot of questions they just got down to it and had fun at the same time. Even the girls picked up chop saws and cordless screwdrivers and got to work. We would like to say a huge thank you for the support and are delighted about the solidarity within the company.”