HESSTON, Kansas – To promote one of the company’s core values of "Do the right thing", Excel Industries has a long-standing tradition of charitable giving. Often times, the donations include mowing equipment.

Excel recently donated a mower to Omega Work Force, a halfway house located in McPherson, Kansas. An Excel employee is actively involved as a volunteer with this organization, and helped facilitate the gift. The mower will be used by a landscaping crew that will be staffed by the half-way house residents.

Donations made in the Hesston community include a mower donated to the Dyck Arboretum and two mowers donated to Hesston College. A mower was also donated to the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) facility in Mississippi. MDS is an organization that responds to natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods and hurricanes. The mower will be used to maintain the area where MDS stores the equipment that is used to respond when needed. Two mowers were donated to Mennonite Central Committee for auction at the annual Relief Sales held in Nebraska and Kansas.

The Main Place Youth Charity Golf Tournament was also the recipient of a mower. An Excel employee has been involved with that charity effort for many years, and was responsible for arranging the donation of a Hustler Raptor to the golf tournament. Main Place Youth is a Christian group home located in Kingman, Kansas. A mower was also donated to the Folds of Honor charity. The Folds of Honor is an organization that recognizes the service of veterans. A veteran employed at Excel, has been instrumental in the company’s involvement with Folds of Honor.

Excel also recently provided a monetary donation to the Hesston Community Foundation to fund the annual Excel Employee Dependent college scholarship. Over 20 applications for that scholarship were received. The foundation will determine the award winner, with that announcement expected by May 1.