Posted by Andrew Donahey on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 @ 12:00 PM
Friday, November 20, 2014 CrossCheck employees held their annual turkey drive for Petaluma’s Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) and donated an astounding 99 turkeys, averaging 17 lbs. apiece.
That’s nearly 1,700 pounds of Turkey for COTS’ Thanksgiving meal Food Box program, which helps feed those who may not have otherwise seen a Thanksgiving Day dinner.
COTS is a Sonoma County non-profit that provides food and shelter to help homeless children and adults. They are recognized nationally for innovative, cost-effective programs that benefit everyone they serve, from young to old to entire families. The non-profit organization provides almost 350 beds every night and their Petaluma kitchen serves over 124,000 meals each year.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our employees for making a meaningful contribution to the neighbors in our home town of Petaluma. It’s these small things that make a big difference,” said CrossCheck CEO, J. David Siembieda, adding that, “This is the third year we’ve participated in the Turkey Drive, and to me it’s incredible that we’ve donated close to 8,000 pounds of turkey to such a worthy cause and to such a great organization!”
99 Bags of Turkeys in the Van, 99 Bags of Turkey!
"As I watch the rents rise and the temperatures drop through this fall, I think of the hundreds of families in our community hanging onto their housing by their fingernails - making decisions every month between buying groceries and paying their rent. For these families, the ton of turkeys that CrossCheck provides each year, is truly a blessing. Happy Thanksgiving to all at CrossCheck!" said Mike Johnson, COTS CEO.
Small acts of kindness like this make a big difference for those in need and offer businesses an opportunity to include their employees in corporate giving. At CrossCheck, employees have embraced additional donation efforts such as the Redwood Empire Food Bank drives that provide free meals year-round, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in support of cancer research and the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program that donates Christmas presents to children in need.
For more information on COTS and how you can help support their mission, from donations to volunteering, visit their website or call 707-765-6530.