Work ethic mirrors George Suggs' tireless commitment to causes across NC
BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) —
Relentless work ethic has influenced an Arden man's capacity to give back.
"We're seeing empty containers going into the filling room," said George Suggs, who walked News 13 through the Milkco plant in Asheville. "On the average, we're gonna fill 162,000 gallons."
Each day, a symbol of abundance and life flows at the facility.
If you think of our community as a plant, Suggs believes we all have a role in the end product. As the plastics manager, George wears a lot of hats and always a hair net.
"At very first they itch, but you tend to get used to them," he said with a smile. "I have gone to lunch with that on, and it's kind of embarrassing."
The real "net" result is something to be proud of.
"I'm going on 33 years perfect attendance," George explained. "As my parents set an example for me, I've got to set an example for my employees."
Which might explain his tireless devotion to the world outside of work. He's a man of constant causes in the mountains and beyond.
"We all need to stick together in this day and time," he said. "We can't depend on the government, so we have to look out for each other."
His work with the N.C. Lions is just one example.
"We offer every blind person in the state of North Carolina two vacations a year," he said. "One of them being the VIP Fishing Tournament at the Outer Banks."
"What it means to me, it's a feel good," Suggs said. "To make a difference for someone to get them out like that. Everybody is not as fortunate as I am."
In October, we saw him lead the charge with Eblen Charities and Ingles. The Eblen board member took 30,000 pounds of supplies to Hurricane Matthew victims in Dare County.
"When something happens in our own state, we need to reach out to it," he said a few months ago.
Suggs also started Rams to the Rescue, which relies on the kindness of TC Roberson Alumni to help in all sorts of ways. In 2013, the group raised money for the funeral expenses of three teens killed in a crash on Brevard Road.
George said helping others comes naturally.
"It's a need that we all have," he told News 13. "If we look after each other, we don't need anybody else."
He hasn't missed a day of work since before Reagan was president, and that work history is tied to his history of helping.
"If you start missing work, it can be habit forming," George said. "I'm not that type of person. It's like when you start volunteering, once you do it and enjoy it, it is a habit."
His next project is a Charity Golf Ball Drop on March 25 to benefit Enka High cafeteria manager Pam Adams, who's battling cancer. A $10 donation will go towards Adams' medical expenses and the person with the winning ball could take home $1,000.