By Elizabeth Lenart | Contributor
The Storehouse of Collin County invites the community to provide the trimmings for Thanksgiving Dinner for our neighbors in need by donating $20 to sponsor a Thanksgiving Food Box. Each box includes fruit, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cornbread mix, raisins, elbow macaroni, rice, and soup.
In lieu of the annual Turkey Drive Thru, this year Collin County families who registered with the Storehouse will return with their vouchers over a three-day distribution period, November 19, 20, and 21, to pick up turkeys and Thanksgiving boxes. Sports Value Consulting, a longtime supporter of the Seven Loaves Food Pantry, is the underwriting sponsor of this effort to distribute 1,300 turkeys and food boxes, while employees from corporate partner Lennox International will volunteer on November 16 – 18 at staggered times, meeting COVID-19 protocol, to pack all of the boxes.
“This Thanksgiving, The Storehouse is celebrating the incredible value of collaboration and the importance of corporate relationships, which have been especially critical during the pandemic,” said Candace Winslow, executive director, The Storehouse of Collin County. “Our corporate partners cannot imagine how much we value all that they do not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the year.”
An estimated 130,000 people in Collin County live below the poverty level, more than half of which are children.
Lennox International’s Director of Human Resources Jamie Son said, “Part of the Lennox culture is to give back to our community and to do so in collaboration with others. We have enjoyed a long-standing partnership with The Storehouse, and we are thrilled to support their Thanksgiving distribution. Lennox team members will pack the 1,300 food boxes, knowing that each box will make a difference to someone in our community.”
To donate a Thanksgiving Food Box, go to http://www.thestorehousecc.org/thanksgiving-get-involved and click on the “Donate Now” button under the “Sponsor a Box: $20” title. Checks may also be mailed to The Storehouse of Collin County, with the memo notation “Thanksgiving Food Box,” 1401 Mira Vista Blvd., Plano, Texas 75093. Call 469-385-1813 for more information.
“In a year where it feels like everything has changed, we felt it was even more important to give back as a company and a family,” said Michael Rapkoch, founder and president of Sports Value Consulting, LLC. “We have seen how The Storehouse has risen to the challenges of COVID-19, meeting the growing needs of our neighbors, and we are proud to be part of this Thanksgiving event for the eighth consecutive year. We hope that these Thanksgiving meals provide moments for families to come together and celebrate during these challenging times.”
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ABOUT THE STOREHOUSE OF COLLIN COUNTY:
The Storehouse of Collin County is a nonprofit that provides short-term assistance and long-term transformation to residents of Collin County in need: the Seven Loaves Food Pantry, serving 1,300 families a month; Joseph’s Coat Clothing Closet, providing an average of 4,000 garments each month; and Project Hope, a mentoring program supporting women in crisis. The program first began in 2009 under the name of Seven Loaves which provided only food pantry staples and grew over the years to meet a variety of needs. In September 2018, The Storehouse received the North Texas Food Bank’s Partner Agency of the Year Excellence in Impact Award in recognition of its life changing services, meeting multiple needs for each family served. Visit www.thestorehousecc.org.
Photos shown are from last year’s Thanksgiving distribution.
Photo Credit: Ben Skye