Giving back - Employees donate 150 food baskets for Thanksgiving
Jackson Energy employees spent a recent afternoon working with cans of corn and canned hams instead of electric lines and transformers.
Tables at the London District Office were stacked with food items donated by co-op employees and turned into rows of brightly colored food baskets. More than 20 Laurel County families will be enjoying a Thanksgiving meal as a result of the food drive.
Jackson Energy employees collected items to assemble 150 food baskets that were distributed throughout the region. Laurel County’s Come-Unity Cooperative Care received just over 20 baskets, and left over food items were also donated to the Good Samaritan House Homeless Shelter in London.
“This was our way of helping needy families in the communities we serve during the holiday season,” said Jackson Energy President & CEO Carol Wright.
Baskets were assembled during an all-employee meeting held on Veterans Day at the London District Office. Administrative Assistant Lisa Baker coordinated the drive, and an assembly line of food items ringed the Jackson Energy meeting room. Canned vegetables, boxes of brownie mix, macaroni & cheese, packs of instant potatoes and canned hams were added the baskets as employees moved them from table to table.
Before being lined in rows for final distribution, each basket was placed in a cellophane bag that included a note wishing the family a blessed Thanksgiving and a bow was added at the top. Baskets were donated to food banks and other organizations in each of the seven primary counties served by Jackson Energy – Clay, Estill, Jackson, Laurel, Lee, Owsley and Rockcastle.
Organizations receiving the baskets included the Jackson County Food Bank in McKee, Christian Appalachian Project in Mt. Vernon, Come-Unity Cooperative Care in London, the Clay County Cancer Coalition in Manchester, the Owsley County Action Team in Booneville, the Kentucky Mountain Mission in Beattyville and Helping Hands & West Care in Irvine.
“We called this our ‘giving back’ project,” Baker said, adding that the food drive went so well that employees are now gathering toys to distribute to school Family Resource Centers.