Sunday, December 5, 2010

CBC Turkey Drive

I’m still glowing with all the positive feedback from you, my readers, to last week’s post. So this week I’m going to tell you about another way to help others in your community.

Here on The Witch’s Island the local CBC station runs its “Turkey Drive” every year to help the food bank provide a turkey dinner for every family in need. We have been contributing to the drive for the last few years usually by dropping off a bird at one of their collection points. This year I’m doing something a little different.

I’ve been making the suggestion at work for a couple of years now that we should donate as a group and challenge other companies to do the same. They finally decided that they would go with the idea and set a first goal of 25 turkeys. Instead of bringing in an actual turkey it was determined that a donation of $25 would be enough to buy one. By the time I got upstairs to buy mine there had already been 8 people in ahead of me!

My turkey!

The girls in Human Resources did a great job in organizing the collection. They made up a “Turkey Scoreboard” to keep track of the number bought. Everyone who contributed got to select and sign a paper turkey on the board. By lunchtime they had revised their original goal of 25 to a total of 50 turkeys and by the end of my shift the turkeys were almost to the edge of the board. 75 turkeys donated in one day!

 Turkey scoreboard.
Turkey scoreboard.

This was, in no small part, the result of some good natured competition between the different departments in the plant. E-mails flowed back and forth between the departments and HR all day with challenges offered and met. It was a lot of fun!

The scoreboard with the revised goal.
The scoreboard with the revised goal.

At the same time as we were doing the turkey challenge we were also holding a bake sale and a Christmas ornament sale with all proceeds going to the same cause.

Christmas ornaments for sale
We also held a sale of Christmas ornaments.

The CBC will be in our city this Friday as part of their Turkey Drive and that is when my company will be presenting our contribution. With almost another week to collect donations who knows how much there will be. Anybody out want to try to beat us?


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a wonderful thing to be a part of!!! I love how people stepped up to the plate in a friendly challenge and went over the goal that was first set!!! That says a lot about the people that you work with!! Good for you and your entire office!!

I work in an office of only 8 people, and a couple of them are real Grinches if you know what I mean...I am however getting a box together for the local shelter that I'm going to drop off.

Canadian Saver said...

Ohhh that is soooooooo neat!! Love the idea of the cash instead of a turkey, easier for everyone who wants to participate (lugging a turkey isn't easy!).

I am thinking of doing this too, if I can figure out where to drop it off in the city (at an Irving I think). I'll post about it if I do it.

Jane said...

Absolutely inspiring - this is what the Christmas season is all about! What a great idea - already 75 families will benefit from your company's generosity!

FB @ said...

I love love LOVE this turkey scoreboard idea!!

I wish someone at work would do it (I can't I'm an outsider), but donating a turkey to a hungry family is so sweet.

Nevertheless, I'll be donating to the food bank again this year

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is such a wonderful thing to do. Well done to you all in your plant......a job well done.


Marguerite said...

That turkey scoreboard is fantastic. I like the group idea too. Canadian Saver has a great point, sometimes it's easier to donate the money so you don't have to drag items all over town. Especially for those with hectic holiday schedules.