The lines of people in need of a Happy Thanksgiving gets longer each year at YMCA Camp Sloper. Team ESPN employee volunteers assemble and distribute the turkeys, stuffing, pecan pie and more that Southington Community Services gathered for 375 local families.
This ESPN Thanksgiving tradition started nine years ago with a handful of people, but as the economy turned and the need sky rocketed, a full army of 100 volunteers has stepped in. A morning shift sorts and assembles food donated by the community and an afternoon crew greets the recipients and loads cars with everything needed for a Thanksgiving feast. The afternoon scene of local people who have to line up for basics is a powerful Thanksgiving message each year for all those who volunteer.
ESPN Manager of Corporate Outreach Shelley Hunter says: “Our employees enthusiastically volunteer all year long, but there is a special thrill Thanksgiving Week as they see directly how they are helping people in our community.”