Draper, UT–Despite a robbery within the past two weeks, which cost the store over $25,000 in losses, Draper Vapor will be donating gifts to the Salt Lake City Christmas Box House this Sunday, December 18th. The local smoke-free alternatives shop has teamed up with one of the largest companies in the industry–Charlie’s Chalk Dust–who will be joining the Draper Vapor staff this weekend to deliver Christmas gifts to some of Utah’s most at risk youth. The Charlie’s Chalk Dust team heard about the charity effort from their company headquarters in California, and they were eager to participate. They will be travelling to Utah tomorrow morning to go shopping with the Draper Vapor team prior to dropping off the gifts. Draper Vapor store owner, Nathan Coccimiglio, is no stranger to charitable causes. Following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Coccimiglio, in similar fashion travelled to the Atlantic City, New Jersey area and donated Christmas gifts to the children affected by the storm. On the day his store was robbed, Nathan insisted on finding a way to proceed with this year’s charity efforts, saying, “We will persevere and bounce back from this unfortunate situation. I’ll do what I need to do to give back to our community without allowing thieves to disrupt our plans”. The Christmas Box House of Salt Lake City, which serves children who are victims of neglect and abuse, was thrilled to learn a local business will be fulfilling their Christmas list this year.
In an industry that is often misrepresented, Draper Vapor has built its brand on being unique and unlike any other store in the nation. Shilo Platts–Co-President of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) Utah Chapter–cites member stores, like Draper Vapor, as a model example of what the vapor industry truly embodies. Platts told us, “The smoke-free community is not often represented with the level of professionalism and class that I see in stores like Draper Vapor and business owners like Nathan Coccimiglio”.