Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant (PCAPP) employees raised money and donated 260 turkeys to the Pueblo Cooperative Care Center that were given to local families between Nov. 18 and Nov. 22.
“This is the first year we conducted such a massive fundraiser,” said Beverly Spruill, senior project controls engineer and president of the PCAPP Employee Club. “Participation was site wide.”
The effort to raise funds involved a Turkey Wall of Fame fundraiser where PCAPP staff earned a place on the wall if they sponsored a turkey.
“We’re thankful for all that PCAPP employees do,” said Edie DeLaTorre, executive director, Pueblo Cooperative Care Center. “Our clients would not have had Thanksgiving turkeys if it wasn’t for them.”
DeLaTorre said PCAPP employees volunteered for last year’s Thanksgiving distribution and saw an increased need for turkeys, and the donations this season filled that need.
“The smiles on peoples’ faces is our thanks,” said Spruill. ”We are trying to build a better community.”
The group planned to donate 320 turkeys, but purchased fewer due to a shortage at local vendors. Spruill said the team plans to purchase Christmas hams and donate them to the food bank.