On December 20, 2012 the staff of Thunder Valley Casino Resort had a roaring good time bringing some much needed holiday relief to the families of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS). Fifteen Thunder Valley staff members arrived bright and early with a bounty of 500 turkeys and hams to distribute to the families of SFBFS’ North Sacramento facility, the Saca Community Learning Center.
Setting up quickly with the help of staff and volunteers from SFBFS, Thunder Valley’s team assembled and manned each table, handing out turkeys, hams, side dishes and other holiday treats to each visitor. As they arrived, families waiting in-line received homemade chili and hot cocoa from SFBFS’ volunteers.
Also in attendance among the Thunder Valley volunteers were Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and one of Santa’s elves. Working alongside the team distributing food, the trio from the North Pole handed out an assortment of toys and stuffed animals to children attending the event. Almost every child posed for a picture with Santa while proudly displaying their Christmas goodies. Holiday cheer was in full effect.
“It was nice to bring this special meal to North Sacramento and help the families who attend programs at Saca Community Learning Center as well as the neighbors in the community,” said Genevieve Deignan, Programs Director at SFBFS. “Thunder Valley was a tremendous help to these families.”
General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino, C.J. Graham, was pleased to have been a part of the event and offer his team’s support in the future.
“Thunder Valley Casino Resort was thrilled to help spread holiday cheer this season by providing meals to the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services,” said Graham. “Each year, the Executive Team at Thunder Valley looks forward to personally distributing over two tons of food to families in need and we hope to continue this tradition for many years to come.”
In total, the event provided 500 families with all of the ingredients for a delicious holiday meal and toys for a number of children. SFBFS’ staff and the families of the Saca Community Learning Center are incredibly grateful to the Thunder Valley staff who provided food, volunteers and holiday merriment at the event.
Submitted by Matt Pruitt, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer