Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Turkey Collection at the Sacramento Food Bank

Last year, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to distribute turkeys to people in our community who couldn't afford a thanksgiving dinner.
It was touching to actually talk to them, hand them all the food they need for a big meal, and wish them a happy Thanksgiving.

This year, I wanted to see what it's like to be on the other side... the collecting side.

I lined up with 5 other ladies from my Junior League and many others from the community - and helped collect turkeys from the generous people in our area.

The goal this year was 8,000 turkeys... and we made it!

At first... I was a little hesitant to be on this side of it because I didn't think I would feel as much satisfaction.  But I was wrong.  It was so touching to see people taking time out of their day, and money out of their bank account to help feed a family in need.
The giant Savemart shopping cart!
 Getting ready for drop off!
It was easy to donate... you just pulled up in your car and we got it from your trunk or car.
 Me and my JLS girls
 A few organizations and groups from the community had big donations!
It was truly a wonderful experience and it makes you appreciate the little things in life.

I was talking to a food bank director and she was telling me that many of the people who line up to receive a donated meal are families struggling in this down economy.

It felt good to know we helped make a difference to more than 8,000 families this Thanksgiving!

14 comments:

Dale said...

What a nice post and the fact you made such a difference for that many families. That's great the Sacramento food bank does that and you helped.

xoDale
http://www.savvyspice.net/

Allison said...

I was just talking to my friend the other day about volunteering with our junior league here. Love it! How awesome!

Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

That is so awesome! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Jessica said...

How awesome!

Love and Lilly said...

What an awesome thing to do! I wish we had something similar around here to volunteer for! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Ashley @ Places To Go, Things To Buy said...

That's so great of you!

Kristin said...

Such a cool event and a great cause! I love the picture with the turkey. :)

Lauren said...

wow! what an awesome setup they have for donations! and what a fun way to give back!

Caroline said...

That is so awesome! :)

Jenn @ West Sac Honey said...

That's a great experience! I have been meaning to ask Kristie about the JLS!

Lori said...

What a great way to spend the day Tracy and it is so rewarding ~ cheers to you for doing it. Wishing you, TL and your entire family a very Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. xo

Ocean Dreams said...

That's wonderful Tracy - love reading about your causes!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

That's so amazing and wonderful that you guys met the goal and that people gave!

Bre said...

OMG, Kelly was in my masters program! Love her!