Gibbs People Care – Pencils & Smiles Charity

Gibbs Employee Runs a Charity to Provide Supplies to School Children in Zimbabwe

Pencils and Smiles is a 501(c)(3) exempt non-profit that seeks to bridge the gap between education and poverty in Zimbabwe. They endeavor to motivate and encourage those less privileged, giving them hope for a better future and an opportunity to tower above the effects of the poverty they are born into.

The charity was founded by Fadzai Mavindidze, Gibbs Certification Clerk, South Bend, Indiana.  She was moved by the story of a grandmother who walked over 5 miles to her grandfather’s homestead to borrow a pencil so that her grandchild could attend school. In Zimbabwe, supplies are not provided by the school and admittance is dependent upon the students’ ability to provide their books, pencils, and paper.  Without a pencil, the child could not have participated.

Pencils and Smiles is an initiative that aims to ease the adverse effects of unimaginable situations and circumstances such as these, caused by poverty, which are robbing children in this little village, Mazvihwa, Zvishavane Zimbabwe, of their basic right to education.  

Pencils and Smiles adopted an additional school to support in 2019. Rupemba Primary School is a remote rural school situated about 40 km out of Zvishavane, a town in the Midlands province of Zimbabwe.

There are about 330 pupils that attend. The school is comprised of two simple design blocks accommodating a large number of pupils.  There are not enough desks and chairs and they live in lack but, their livelihood and peacefulness show they are not discouraged. They are a hopeful people. Everything needed is in very limited supply which makes teaching and learning a big challenge.

The adoption of Rupemba School was Pencils and Smiles highlight this past year. We distributed well over 300 pencils, and many other school supplies to help and make their challenges a little less and it was greatly appreciated. We harvested a lot of beaming smiles!

Fadzai commented, “It is clear a lot needs to be done to improve the learning standards for the school and that is our main objective as Pencils and Smiles. We believe in small beginnings and small consistent steps and deeds that lead to big and effective results with consistency and with time. Putting a smile on each child and teacher’s face one pencil at a time. Our initial distribution went well despite unavoidable hitches, we pushed through, spread some smiles and effected change.  A big thank you to all that have been involved and have been donating to this cause. You’re making tremendous positive changes in these remote underserved communities.”

The mission of Pencils & Smiles is to make the learning process an enjoyable and fruitful experience through the provision of necessary tools and equipment for every child, in underprivileged communities.

For more about us please visit our website and also visit and like us on Facebook and Instagram

Gibbs Annual Toys For Tots Drive

Gibbs Participates in Toys for Tots 2019 Drive!

The Gibbs Connecticut facility collected toys for the 2019 Toys for Tots drive!  Each year, the office staff and production staff engage in a friendly competition to determine which department can donate the most toys.  

Kristina Fischer coordinated this year’s drive and commented, “While we saw amazing teamwork and effort, Production is still undefeated with the backbone being “The Grinch” and his generous donation of 10  bikes. We had a total of 11 bikes donated this year. On Friday, Dec 13th Mike Burek and I drove the Gibbs sleigh down to the local Marine barracks to donate to the Toys for Tots Foundation. They were in awe when they saw us roll all the bikes in and endlessly grateful for the various toys.  Another successful year Gibbs! Well done!”

Gibbs Toys for Tots

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301 Stainless Steel Strip for Spring Applications

301 Stainless Steel Strip for Spring Applications UNS 30100, UNS 30116, ASTM A666

301 stainless steel strip is a preferred alloy for tempered applications due to its strength, corrosion resistance, and durability.  301 coil is a common choice for many products including filter snap bands, point of purchase displays, window counterbalance springs, constant force springs, medical devices, zippers, clips, clamps, fasteners, oil & gas products, and more.  Gibbs also offers edging/skiving services for our 301 slit coil to help equalize the stresses across the width of the strip.  Our proprietary round edge has set us apart from the competition.  Customer feedback noted it may be a factor in improving the life cycle of their springs.  In addition to coil edging, we have the capability to oscillate wind your strip onto numerous size reels and spools providing trouble-free payoff with longer runs.

Gibbs supplies 301 in many tempers.  Spring manufacturers often require our High Yield and High Silicon stock with a 270 KSI or higher minimum tensile.  The addition of silicon to 301 allows for high strength with increased ductility. 

Extremely light-gauge, narrow-width 301 stainless steel strip

Our material gauges start at .0019” and can be slit as narrow as .024”.   Our extremely light-gauge and narrow-width slitting capabilities ensure Gibbs can provide you 301 strip for a wide variety of spring and product dimensions.

For a list of our standard 301 gauges view here: 301 Strip. If you don’t see the gauge you are looking for, contact us.  The majority of the 301 we provide is made to our customers’ precise and custom requirements.

Gibbs has been supplying wire and strip products to the spring industry since 1956.  We understand the needs and challenges spring manufacturers face.  We want to be your 301 partners.  Call us at 800-800-4422 or contact us below

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