The Service Action Leadership Team is calling all ACU affiliates to give back this holiday season by participating in Turkeys for Taylor.
Turkeys for Taylor, a project facilitated by SALT, provides a full Thanksgiving meal to 70 families of Taylor Elementary School, just south of campus next to the Sanders Intramural Field.
The meals are delivered in a box that includes a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, corn bread, green beans, sweet potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, fruit cocktail, rice, macaroni and cheese, dessert and a roasting pan.
“We’re accepting monetary donations in order to raise enough money to provide 70 families with a full meal on Thanksgiving that are in need,” said Kaitlin Jarrold, SALT special events coordinator. “Right now, we are in the process of gathering donations.”
The cost of each meal is $70.
“Our goal is to get as many people on campus as possible – students, staff and faculty – to donate toward the cause,” said Mary Beth Cuevas, assistant director for ministry and services and associate director of leadership camps.
Gamma Sigma Phi and GATA are among the social clubs that have already donated money to Turkeys for Taylor this year. Both clubs contributed money from their homecoming parade float winnings. GSP gave $1,000, and GATA gave $500.
“We have a lot of support making Turkeys for Taylor an integrated event which is kind of how ACU works,” said Jarrold, senior nutrition major from San Diego. “If they see a need, then they see to it that it’s fulfilled.”
SALT is asking for all donations to be turned in by Nov. 20, as they will be delivering the meals on Nov. 24.
“Delivering those meals is a real blessing to them as well as us,” Jarrold said. “You can just see in their eyes how appreciative they are when you hand them the box. To see that they are so blessed is kind of a blessing on yourself and you know that the couple dollars you donated really do make a difference. I’m just really glad to be a part of it.”