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We at SFNTC love getting out and lending a helping hand in the community, and we’re proud to say that many of our employees share this drive.
We donate our time, energy and funds to local non-profit groups in the community throughout the year. We participate in community outreach projects to provide Thanksgiving meals, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and work at Food Depot, among other initiatives.
Thanksgiving is a very important time of year to give back. For eight years now, our Santa Fe employees have come together to organize a Thanksgiving Meal drive for the community.
In 2010, our employees collected more than $2,700 to prepare 130 Thanksgiving meals for distribution through three local organizations. “With some good bargaining, we were very close to covering our costs,” says Ken M., one of the campaign coordinators, “but then the grocery only had huge turkeys. Even though that was over our collection pool, we knew it would give these needy families more turkey to extend their Thanksgiving plenty.” So we at SFNTC stepped in and covered the balance of funds needed.
Giving back — all in a day’s work.
“We appreciated all the help assembling the meals,” says Caitlin G., also a coordinator. “It seems like each year we are more organized and get it done more quickly. We’re honored that our trade marketers regularly chip in as well — for example, our Northwest group contributed $300 one year.”
By making some modest choices at our last National Sales Meeting, we were able to give back to the Tampa and St. Petersburg communities that generously hosted us. A unique dinner for 200+ attendees turned into much more as the money saved from the simple burger and hot dog dinner was used to feed 1,000 families.
We coordinated with four local charities to fill backpacks with provisions. They included canned ham, baked beans, corn, rice, peanut butter, granola bars, mac ‘n cheese and other goodies.
Another innovative aspect of the meeting was the table décor — which was donated to charity as well. Tablecloths were actually twin sheet sets, napkins were baby washcloths and centerpieces were fashioned with socks.
Finally, a couple hundred pounds of stuffed animals, won by trade marketers during a visit to the Busch Gardens amusement park, were generously donated to benefit those in need.