Giving Part Of Who We Are
We kicked off TQL Cares for the Holidays earlier in the week and teams around the company and country responded with their time, talent and treasure assisting those in need.
Team Cleveland volunteered at the Cleveland Food Bank Nov. 21; 10 employees spent their Saturday loading, packing and distributing boxes of food.
“We just wanted to get involved in the community,” said SOL Jason S. “The Cleveland food bank provides 60 million-plus meals a year and we wanted to do something that touched a large amount of people in the community.”
From 60 million meals to something more intimate, Team Murphy at headquarters collected enough food to feed three families for Thanksgiving. They worked through Crossroads Community Church, where Jeff M. and Sam T. are members.
“With everything that everyone has going on, it is so nice to be part of a team that is still able to give back,” said team member Kandra D. “With everyone’s help, Team Murphy pulled together and was able to provide roughly 30 people a nice Thanksgiving.”
Team Erlanger worked with United Christian Volunteers – a relationship now in its fourth year – to hand out complete Thanksgiving meals to about 100 Northern Kentucky families.
“We simply got started a few years back through wanting to give back to a local charity,” said STL Steve R. “Activities include helping people to their vehicles with their Thanksgiving meals, unloading turkeys from a box truck to be given out and moving anything else given away to the general public.
“We also raised $1,000 to be donated to this local group to be used as they best see fit.”
Team Cincinnati East donated 10 complete Thanksgiving dinners for families in need from Riverview East Academy. The bags included fresh fruit and vegetables, potatoes, stuffing and gravy, dessert and a whole turkey. Families visited the office Nov. 24 to pick up their food and meet their benefactors.
“We chose Riverview East because members on my sales team participated in Adopt A Class with the school last year and the program did not continue this year,” said recruiter Brittney M. “Ashley T. - who participated in Adopt A Class - reached out to the principal to see if there were any families who needed help.”
The team also plans to buy Christmas gifts for 43 students at the school from a list the principal provided.
Team Tampa collected more than 1,000 pounds of food and delivered a truckload to Feeding America Tampa Bay Nov. 24. In addition, they donated three big boxes of food to long-time partner Ronald McDonald House and turkeys to nearby Metropolitan Ministries Nov. 25.
“We ran an STL team competition called the ‘Tower of Cans,’” said GSM Jeff R. “Our entire office – 220-plus employees - participated. The most creative was the #pray4paris tower. We collected over 1,000 pounds of food and enough to feed an army. It’s hard to say for sure, but we had a lot.”
Let us know your story and how you’re helping your communities this holiday season. Send photos and/or videos of your volunteer work to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll highlight some of them on the Life At TQL social media channels and here on the blog site.
Because TQL Cares.