SANTA MARIA – Employees at PG&E’s Santa Maria service yard came together to purchase and deliver two dozen Thanksgiving turkeys for needy families.
The 24 turkeys were delivered today (Nov. 22) at the KCOY & FOX 11 studios in Santa Maria and featured as part of the station’s live broadcast at noon. PG&E employee Charles Briggs was interviewed on air by one of the station’s reporters.
About 20 PG&E employees paid for the turkeys out of their own pockets. The birds will support the regional effort by the television station to make sure families in need have a Thanksgiving meal to enjoy.
Briggs, distribution supervisor in PG&E’s Santa Maria Service Center, said the employees have been donating the turkeys for years – longer than the eight years he’s been with the company. “It’s about pride in our community,” he said.
“I often picture myself and what it would be like (to be in need),” said Briggs. He said his co-workers “are blessed” to be able to do this for others.
The KCOY & FOX 11 Turkey Drive began last week and continued this week. The Turkeys that are collected, or later purchased from cash donations, will benefit the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County and the Good Samaritan Shelter in Santa Maria.
Last week, PG&E also donated $5,000 to the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County. And the Central Coast donations from PG&E and aren’t over with yet.