Specialty building materials distributor US LBM named Aaron Cox, retail manager at the company’s Higginbotham Brothers division in north Texas, as its 2024 Humanitarian Award recipient for “outstanding” community involvement and charitable work. As part of the recognition, the US LBM Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Midlothian Independent School District Education Foundation on the behalf of Cox.

Cox’s volunteerism includes helping to organize community events, fundraisers, and drives as well as working with organizations including Meals on Wheels and the Miracle League of Ellis County. Additionally, he sits on the board of directors for the Midlothian Economic Development Corporation and as an ambassador for the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce.

“I want to give those in my community more opportunities and experiences,” Cox said in a statement announcing the Humanitarian Award. “It’s very rewarding to know that I can be a part of someone’s success.”

The Midlothian School District Education Foundation will use the funds from the US LBM Foundation to support underfunded programs including STEM Grants and Innovative Grants, providing continued education in fields such as culinary arts, nursing, engineering, and robotics.

“Through his commitment to the Midlothian community, Aaron exemplifies the very best of us. His compassion, energy, and ingenuity continue to enrich the lives of so many, and we’re incredibly proud to recognize his efforts with the US LBM Humanitarian Award,” US LBM president and CEO L.T. Gibson said. “Supporting people like Aaron and the work he does is why we created the US LBM Foundation, to make a positive difference in our local communities.”