The town that gives

Letter to the Editor: Houston's generosity shown through the turkey drive is not new or uncommon.

The Editor:

Houston citizens’ showing generosity to their community is not an uncommon event; the fiber of this community is weaved in social responsibility.  In November, Houston Community Services staff found out that there would be no turkey bucks for Christmas.  Many community members donated these “bucks,” to the Salvation Army to purchase turkeys with the vouchers.  We had wanted to take on a Christmas project and this seemed like an ideal opportunity.  Why not start a Turkey Drive?

That is what we set out to do to assist the Salvation Army with Christmas Hampers.  Using social media, (Facebook), the idea was hatched.  The ‘turkeyometer’came to be and the “likes” expanded daily.  Word got out and spread like wild fire and the turkeys started coming in.

Every turkey was welcomed with excitement.  Challenges started, businesses collected from employees, some business donated money, merchant certificates, and turkeys.

By December 9 there was a shortage of freezer space. Our request was for 100 turkeys but as usual Houston could not stop there.  We collected 137 turkeys for 134 hampers with some left over for the food bank. We are not surprised by the generosity of Houstonites as we have experienced this spirit of giving many times over.

It has been a pleasure to work cooperatively with Rachel from the Salvation Army and all their staff who eagerly shuffled freezer goods to make room for one more turkey. Houston Community Services, Aisha,  Marianne, and Diane want to wish you all a heartfelt 2015. May the gift of giving provide you with comfort that you have made Christmas special for many individuals this year.  On behalf of HSCA and staff thank you for providing a turkey for every hamper this Christmas of 2014.

Diana Batley

Coordinator HCSA