COLUMBUS, Ohio – Feb. 5, 2013 – For more than 80 years, the State Auto Insurance Companies’ Christmas Corner, featuring the life-size Nativity display, has been a Central Ohio holiday tradition. State Auto founder Bob Pein began decorating State Auto’s home office building at Christmastime in 1931, and the tradition has continued nearly every year since that time.
In recent years, State Auto volunteers have offered hot chocolate, by donation, to visitors at the display. This popular addition has not only enhanced the experience for visitors, but also generated a significant amount in donations benefitting the Manna Café at the Broad Street United Methodist Church, located across the street from the State Auto building.
“When State Auto decided to offer complimentary hot chocolate to Nativity guests and also accept donations on behalf of the Manna Café, we’ve extended the gift of Christmas Corner with those who are in need throughout the year, and not just during the Christmas season,” said State Auto associate Michael Hurd, who coordinates the hot chocolate effort.
Hurd recently donated a check for $4,276.00 to the Manna Café, on behalf of Christmas Corner, with all funds collected last Christmas season. With each weekly meal costing between $350 – 400, and feeding between 180 – 200 people, the donations translate to about 10 to 12 meals during the year.
“We feed about 8,000 people every year and all meals are funded by donations,” said Broad Street United Methodist Church Senior Pastor Lou Seipel. “We obviously couldn’t do what we do without donations and volunteers, which State Auto provides. Your generosity leaves me speechless and we are so grateful for this tremendous gift, not only to the Manna Café, but to the community at large.”
Pictured at the check presentation ceremony, from left; Lead Volunteer Reneigh Hamilton, Rev. Lou Seipel, Lead Volunteer Mary Cree, Volunteer Coordinator Kelan Craig, Associate Pastor Greg Kendrick and State Auto Volunteer Coordinator Michael Hurd.
Watch a video about the Manna Café and how it benefits Central Ohio.
State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a super regional property and casualty insurance holding company and is proud to be a Trusted Choice® company partner. State Auto Mutual is part of the State Auto Group. The State Auto Group markets its insurance products in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through independent insurance agencies and brokers. The State Auto Group is rated A (Excellent) by the A.M. Best Company and includes State Automobile Mutual, State Auto Property & Casualty, State Auto Ohio, State Auto Wisconsin, State Auto Florida, Milbank, Farmers Casualty, Meridian Security, Meridian Citizens Mutual, Beacon National, Beacon Lloyds, Patrons Mutual, Litchfield Mutual Fire, Rockhill Insurance, Plaza Insurance, American Compensation and Bloomington Compensation. Additional information on the State Auto Group can be found online at http://www.StateAuto.com/.