Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., donates to five non-profits

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., donated $6,000 in total to five non-profit organizations in the Lansing, Michigan, area during an event on Friday.

The company selected six employees at random during a company party and the employees picked a non-profit of their choice to receive the money. Emergent donated $1,000 each in the name of the employees to the American Cancer Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Ele's Place and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The Capital Area Humane Society received $2,000 because two employees picked it for a donation, the Lansing State Journal reports.

Jessica Bermejo, Emergent's manager of manufacturing support, expressed her excitement at being chosen. She picked Ele's Place as her charity of choice.

"I was aware of the work they do helping children through the stages of grieving," Bermejo said, according to the Lansing State Journal. "I'm a mother of two, so that type of thing is important to me. I can't think of a more noble cause."

Kristen Adams, a community representative for the American Cancer Society, said that Emergent supported the cancer society in multiple ways, including through a company bake sale and employee donations.

"It was definitely an honor to receive that $1,000 check," Adams said, according to the Lansing State Journal. "The cool thing about the whole experience was that they asked those employees who chose a charity to come down and meet with us so they could share why they picked that charity."