From Colorado Springs, CO
Story Type: Donors
The excitement over November’s Take a Turkey to Work Day is already building up at the Colorado Springs office of Elder Construction. Take a Turkey to Work Day is Care and Share’s annual “turkey drive” The goal is to collect thousands of turkeys that will serve as special Thanksgiving meal centerpieces for our neighbors in need. Care and Share staff and volunteers spend an entire day collecting turkey donations the several King Soopers stores in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Many organizations and companies- like Elder Construction- will drop off truckloads of turkeys at our distribution center.
“We have so much fun with this and there is so much excitement. We love when the sub-contactors come through and give their donations– watching as our pile of turkeys just grows and grows, said Renae Rock, Elder Construction Project Manager. “Turkey Day,” as they call it at their office, has certainly grown over the years. Last year, the team donated 403 turkeys, as well as more than $5,000 to neighbors facing hunger during the holidays. Why do they do it? “We are following a legacy that Tom Elder put into place years ago, and that’s to grow with and be a part of our community,” Renae told us.
And they have added a twist to the event. Linda Sterrett, Controller at Elder Construction, says the Colorado Springs office competes with the north office in Windsor on which team can “out turkey” the other. It even involves a turkey trophy. “It’s a big deal,” said Linda. “They currently have it, but we are going to work on a strategy to get it back.”
While the competition is fun, Linda says there’s no greater feeling than knowing they are giving back to families in need. “Turkey Day is better than Christmas for some of us, because we just get to feed so many families. It’s not just a meal. It’s a special meal. They have their family around them and can enjoy that time together.”