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COMMUNITY CONNECTION: CLOTHING THE ORPHANS
December 8, 2021

There’s no denying that the past two years have been agonizing. The COVID pandemic has adversely affected many people in many places, but it has impacted impoverished countries even harder than most. Without access to medical care or the resources to stay safe, the poverty level in these countries has risen even further, causing issues like child labor, human trafficking, and lack of access to education to skyrocket. That’s why organizations such as Forgotten Children Worldwide are working even harder than ever to meet needs in India and Malawi. See how The ROP Shop is doing its part.

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The ROP Shop Employees packing Christmas Boxes for Samaritan Purse's Operation Christmas Child The ROP Shop Employees packing Christmas Boxes for Samaritan Purse's Operation Christmas Child
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December 7, 2021
COMMUNITY CONNECTION: BOXES FULL OF HOPE

If you aren’t familiar with Samaritan’s Purse, it’s an organization based on a similar principle; to provide spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. One of their most widely known ministries, Operation Christmas Child, distributes shoeboxes packed with gifts and toys to children in need across the globe. According to Samaritan Purse’s website, “Since 1993, more than 188 million children in more than 170 countries and territories have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. The project delivers not only the joy of what, for many kids, is their first gift ever, but also gives them a tangible expression of God’s love.”

The ROP Shop would like to thank the Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana for honoring us with the BBB Torch Award for 2021. We’re humbled not only to receive this award but also to be part of this wonderful community. As stated on the BBB’s website, “The Torch Awards is the most prestigious honor the BBB can present to a business or individual. Recipients not only believe in the high standards promoted by the BBB but live it out. The awarded company encourages and supports ethical business practices and leadership while acting on them and continuously integrating them into daily practices.” The ROP Shop would like to thank the Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana for honoring us with the BBB Torch Award for 2021. We’re humbled not only to receive this award but also to be part of this wonderful community. As stated on the BBB’s website, “The Torch Awards is the most prestigious honor the BBB can present to a business or individual. Recipients not only believe in the high standards promoted by the BBB but live it out. The awarded company encourages and supports ethical business practices and leadership while acting on them and continuously integrating them into daily practices.”
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Community Service
October 16, 2021
2021 BBB TORCH AWARD WINNER: NEW HONOR, OLD VALUES

The ROP Shop would like to thank the Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana for honoring us with the BBB Torch Award for 2021. We’re humbled not only to receive this award but also to be part of this wonderful community. As stated on the BBB’s website, “The Torch Awards is the most prestigious honor the BBB can present to a business or individual. Recipients not only believe in the high standards promoted by the BBB but live it out. The awarded company encourages and supports ethical business practices and leadership while acting on them and continuously integrating them into daily practices.”

The ROP Shop and OCi volunteering their time to help with grounds keeping at Gateway Woods The ROP Shop and OCi volunteering their time to help with grounds keeping at Gateway Woods
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Community Service
November 25, 2020
COMMUNITY CONNECTION: THE ROP SHOP AND OCi LEND A HAND TO FAMILY AND ADOPTION CENTERED, GATEWAY WOODS

The ROP Shop and Outdoor Concepts got together for our annual clean-up day at Gateway Woods. With the challenge of keeping things safely socially distanced due to COVID, fewer associates were able to attend. Even so, we were able to provide some fall maintenance for the main campus of Gateway Woods ...

ROP Shop employees volunteer their time to help Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. ROP Shop employees volunteer their time to help Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child.
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November 14, 2020
COMMUNITY CONNECTION: SPREADING THE FELLOWSHIP OF CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS WORLDWIDE

There’s no denying that this year has been a difficult one for many, and the world desperately needs the love of Christ. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, charity organizations across the world are ramping up for what promises to be one of the most challenging Christmases ever. One such organization that The ROP Shop is seeking to help is Operation Christmas Child...

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Community Service
July 23, 2020
A 'BUSINESS AS A MINISTRY' SEEING EXPONENTIAL ONLINE GROWTH

This is a story about how an owner’s manual for a used 10-year-old John Deere garden tractor became more than 40 new jobs. It is also a story, according to at least three people, about the mysterious ways that God works. Read more to see how a lawn and garden landscaping company gave birth to a highly successful online eCommerce business that supplies OEM and aftermarket parts across the country and around the world.

Steve and Gayla Gerber accept the award for business of the year, presented to The ROP Shop's parent company, Outdoor Concepts. Steve and Gayla Gerber accept the award for business of the year, presented to The ROP Shop's parent company, Outdoor Concepts.
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Community Service
February 7, 2020
A NIGHT OF HONORS

The Wells County Chamber of Commerce held its 106th annual dinner and awards program, with the top honors going to John Reinhard as the Citizen of the Year, Outdoor Concepts (Steve, Gayla, and Landon Gerber) as the Business of the Year (The ROP Shop's parent company), and Ginny Vogel (Bluffton-Harrison Elementary School), Dee Yonker (Lancaster Central Elementary School), and Chris Painter (Southern Wells Junior-Senior High School) as the Educators of the Year.

Officers pose with volunteers from The ROP Shop and Outdoor Concepts who participated in Christmas Behind Bars. Officers pose with volunteers from The ROP Shop and Outdoor Concepts who participated in Christmas Behind Bars.
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Community Service
January 10, 2020
REMEMBERING THOSE OFTEN FORGOTTEN

While the holiday season is a time of joy and cheer for most, it brings pain and isolation for others. Spending Christmas away from your family is never easy, especially if the separation comes from incarceration.

The ROP Shop / Outdoor Concepts owners being surprised with the Wells County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award for 2019. The ROP Shop / Outdoor Concepts owners being surprised with the Wells County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award for 2019.
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Community Service
December 27, 2019
THE ROP SHOP'S PARENT COMPANY, OUTDOOR CONCEPTS, IS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Steve Gerber was in a meeting when he was told he had to leave due to something “very important.” Unbeknownst to him, all of his staff and members of the Wells County Chamber of Commerce were waiting for him. Erin Prible, executive director of the chamber was emotional as she told him that Outdoor Concepts had been selected as the chamber’s Business of the Year.

Employees of The ROP Shop and Outdoor Concepts sort and pack clothing to be shipped out by Forgotten Children Worldwide to needy around the world. Employees of The ROP Shop and Outdoor Concepts sort and pack clothing to be shipped out by Forgotten Children Worldwide to needy around the world.
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Community Service
December 13, 2019
SERVE LOCALLY, IMPACT GLOBALLY

One of the benefits of working at Outdoor Concepts and The ROP Shop is the opportunity employees are given to serve their community. Throughout the year employees are given 16 hours that they can use for Community Service. These hours can be used by each employee for institutions close to their heart, but the company also keeps an eye out for opportunities to serve at local organizations.

Employees of The ROP Shop and Outdoor Concepts help cleanup the grounds of Gateway Woods, an outreach for people in need. Employees of The ROP Shop and Outdoor Concepts help cleanup the grounds of Gateway Woods, an outreach for people in need.
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Community Service
November 13, 2019
COMMUNITY CONNECTION: HOW WE BUILD IT BETTER TOGETHER

What better way to pour back into our neighborhoods than to serve those who serve others? This past Wednesday (Nov. 6th, 2019), The ROP Shop teamed up with our parent company, Outdoor Concepts Inc (local outdoor equipment store and landscaping service provider). Together we gave some love back to our community by tending the grounds of Gateway Woods.

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