For the fifth year, Representatives from Time Warner Cable’s Volunteer Community Core teamed up with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to deliver baskets filled to the brim with full Thanksgiving meals to 42 families across the Corpus Christi area on Monday.
John Lennan, Media Specialist for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services states that each of these families, whom are part of the Family Based Safety Services (FBSS) program, are experiencing some degree of crisis and needed just a little extra help during the holidays.
“Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together, and so by Time Warner Cable doing this, they are providing that opportunity for these families to be able to sit down, as a family unit, and share a Thanksgiving meal; which I think is very important. This way the family knows that the community does care about them and are invested in them,” said Lennan.
Sabrina Heins, Communications Manager at Time Warner Cable, states that Time Warner Cable wanted to give back to the community. This is what led to the donation program, teaming up with the Child Protective Services (CPS) and the FBSS program. The program brought together employees and volunteers from Time Warner Cable, and together they filled 42 baskets with turkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes and the rest of the fixings that make a Thanksgiving meal complete. Case workers from CPS then delivered the baskets to families in the FBSS program. Heins states that these are families that are still together but just need a little extra help.
“It warms our hearts at Time Warner Cable, and we’re just grateful every year that we can do that, and dig deep in our pockets to be able to help somebody who just needs a little more during the holidays,” said Heins.
The Thanksgiving Dinner Donation program, according to Lennan, is an important example of how to spread community outreach and the notion of helping others during the holidays.
“This is what I think is really special about it. At a minimum, these guys are touching the lives of more than 120 people; people that they will never get to meet. But they will know that somebody in their community cared about them; they will know that somebody in their community understood that their family was going through some degree of crisis, and that there was somebody out there that wanted to make that day special,” said Lennan. “The spirit of generosity that these families experience today, hopefully that will catch on and become a trend.”