Last week, the outpouring of community support for the Food Bank was overwhelming. On Monday morning we faced a near empty freezer, with only 300 turkeys out of the 2,500 turkeys we were hoping to distribute to our nonprofit partners. Not wanting to give up hope, we put out a call to our friends in the local media and shared our dilemma with our social networks.
And then the magic happened! Over the course of two days, the community responded in the most energizing and generous way possible. Our freezer went from 300 turkeys to 3,700! We surpassed our goal, leaving us beyond grateful and also thrilled to be able to distribute more turkeys to more families in need this holiday season.
The success of this year’s turkey drive is just one example of the character of our community. It also serves as a reminder that great things happen when we come together. We are more confident than ever before that we can work together to address additional challenges, like making sure everyone has enough to eat every day; a safe place to live; access to the healthcare they need; and affordable childcare.
We encourage everyone in Larimer County to keep up the momentum from this year’s turkey drive and band together to find solutions to challenges facing our community both large and small. And please, continue to look for ways to make a positive impact whether it’s by donating your time or your treasure or your ideas. When we work together, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish.