Thanksgiving should be a time for celebration and family togetherness. Sadly in 2010 many families are turning to local charities in the hope of receiving the traditional festivities, but local charities are struggling due to high demand.
Charities and community organizations throughout America have admitted that donations this year are generally down. Throughout Orange County charities such as Families Forward and the Christ Chapel of Long Beach are struggling to obtain enough supplies to feed the growing number of families still reeling from the recent recession.
After reading an article in the LA Times, Morgan Drexen CEO Walter Ledda decided to lend a helping hand to his local community. Ledda Says, “The bad economy has affected so many people, it is essential that as a local business we contribute to our community. Especially at thanksgiving it should be a time of happiness and sharing.” Morgan Drexen’s community team headed out to local charities with frozen turkeys.
The Christ Chapel of Long Beach was a grateful recipient they admitted they were short by 10 turkeys to feed the need of the community.
Margo Martinez a long time volunteer at the Christ Chapel of Long Beach said, “We started the thanksgiving dinner tradition 25 years ago, we rely entirely on donations. I had to go out begging this year, thanks to people like Morgan Drexen who came to our rescue. We now expect to serve between 150 and 200 people this thanksgiving.”
The highest unemployment rates in decades are continuing to plague families throughout Orange County. Families Forward are an Irvine based company, they are a non- profit company that was founded in 1984. Families Forward assists families in financial crisis to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. They also welcomed the turkeys with open arms.
Maggie Wakeham from Families Forward admits that donations are drastically down. “The need is enormous right now, and every donation is welcomed. No donation is too small. This economy has lead to more and more people needing our help.”
For Joe Schoeningh of the Second Harvest Food Bank in Irvine it’s a very similar story. Joe says, “We take care of 220,000 individuals a month, demand is up and donations are down. It’s hard to make ends meet. We will make it work, we have been doing this a long time.”
Morgan Drexen are very proud to be affiliated with these local charities. All three charities received frozen turkeys on behalf of Morgan Drexen.