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True Essentials Director Aids Homeless through Wrap-Up America

LEXINGTON, KY, Dec. 13, 2010 – When Grant Mills is not overseeing the distribution of True Essentials health and wellness products, the Kentucky native works to help America’s homeless keep warm during the winter. Mills is Lexington’s Community Visionary for Wrap Up America, a non-profit organization that collects donations of new and used blankets for homeless individuals across the country.

“I’ve always been committed to helping others,” Mills said. “I saw [Wrap Up America] as a great organization to help people locally and nationally.”

Wrap Up America began due to a surprise encounter with a homeless man. Founder Harlan Joelson, a native of Toledo, OH, parked in front of a cardboard box he thought was empty. As he got out of the car, a man came out of the box and asked, “Why are you parking in front of my house?”

Joelson apologized and moved his car but could not stop thinking about the homeless man. Later, he returned to the parking spot to give the man a new blanket. This was the first of many blankets donated during a movement Joelson dubbed Wrap Up Toledo. The organization, which expanded to become Wrap Up America earlier this year, has collected over 75,000 blankets since its founding.

Mills joined Wrap Up America in 2010. The Board of Directors noted his exemplary track-record with non-profits and recruited him to become a Community Visionary.

“Our Board of Directors mirrors our mission: vibrancy and passion driving a movement forward,” said Trevor Joelson, the President of Wrap Up America. “When we talked expansion, Grant Mills was the first name out of our mouth. Grant’s work speaks for itself.”

Mills’ work as a Community Visionary includes many aspects. Through schools and churches, he sets up events and blanket-raising competitions. He also seeks out corporate sponsorships for the organization.

Mills feels that one of Wrap Up America’s greatest strengths is its simplicity. They accept donations of used blankets, but due to a partnership with DormBuys.com, they can purchase new blankets for only three dollars.

Mills adds that, although he enjoys volunteering for Wrap Up America, he hopes that the need for such programs is eliminated in the near future. Until then, he is committed to building the organization’s Lexington chapter and helping Wrap Up America expand throughout the country.

“A lot of people are in circumstances they can’t control,” Mills said. “We want to help them.”

Wrap Up America currently has chapters based out of seven universities, including Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan and Pittsburgh. More information on this organization, as well as a donation link, is available at  http://www.wrapupamerica.org.

About FHTM and True Essentials

FHTM, headquartered in Lexington, KY, was founded by Paul Orberson in 2001. FHTM is a direct selling company that allows Independent Representatives throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom to build their own businesses selling products and services. One of FHTM’s product offerings is True Essentials, a line of nutritional supplements designed to assist in weight management, immune system support, cardio health and other nutritional needs.

About Wrap Up America

Wrap Up America was established in 1993 in Toledo, OH by Harlan Joelson. The organization was taken national by his son, Trevor Joelson, in 2010. With leadership from college students at seven universities, the organization collects new and used blankets for homeless citizens across the country. The goal of Wrap Up America is to end homelessness by 2020.

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Brittney Mills
Sales & Communication Director
859.422.7000
Brittney.Mills@FHTM.net

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