Since its establishment as a mail-order company, ABC Distributing has grown into one of the most renowned business-to-business and business-to-consumer merchandisers in the United States. Offering entertainment media, electronics, home and garden products, books, children’s toys, and other gift items, ABC Distributing merged with LTD Commodities in 2006 to bring further enhancement to both companies’ customer service capabilities and range of available products.
ABC Distributing also participates in numerous philanthropic efforts, such as the Walter Payton Sweetness run, named after the NFL running back who passed away in 1999. Before Payton’s death, he and his wife expressed their desire to raise awareness of the need for organ donations to save millions of lives. The appeal of Payton, who had played for the Chicago Bears, produced overwhelming support, causing Illinois’ regional organ bank to be inundated with calls.
To this day, the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation is credited with raising awareness of the need for organ donations to an unprecedented level. The Foundation holds several charity events throughout the year, including the annual Sweetness Run. Running or walking either a 5K or an 8K, participants such as staff members from ABC Distributing collect donations to support the cause of the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation.
With the 2011 Sweetness Run completed, the Foundation has turned its attention to the 2012 event, which is scheduled to take place in June 2012 at Yorkville High School in Yorkville, Illinois.