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News | Nov. 22, 2021

Sacramento MEPS Turkey Drive builds unit cohesion while helping people in need

By U.S. Army Maj. Pak Lee, Sacramento MEPS commander Sacramento MEPS

November and December are the seasons of thanks and giving. A west coast MEPS sprang into the holiday spirit by organizing a turkey drive to help those in need in their community.

Sacramento MEPS held their 1st annual community-based turkey drive on Nov. 12, 2021. MEPS leadership and personnel felt inclined to participate in this charitable event to develop internal MEPS team cohesion, community partnership and support for the local residents in need. 

In total, Sacramento MEPS collected 20 turkeys donated by staff and personnel. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services were the grateful recipient of the turkeys to feed local individuals, families and veterans in need in the Sacramento community.

Giving to those who may be less fortunate was a resounding motivation that MEPS personnel felt during the event. MEPS leadership could see the growth in unit cohesion during the event. 

"It was great to see all the MEPS sections and staff take such motivated actions in supporting the Sacramento MEPS as one team," said U.S. Army Capt. Jason Deimerly, Sacramento MEPS executive officer. "It was great to see all the hard work by the staff."

Seasoned volunteer William King, Sacramento MEPS processing supervisor, estimated the turkey drive would help feed approximately 1,000 families in the local area.

"My wife and I have contributed (to turkey drives) at least two turkeys every year for the past 14 years," said King." We have always had a sense of support for our community. This year I wanted the MEPS to participate to show we also support the community we work and live."

U.S. Army Maj. Pak Lee, Sacramento MEPS commander, attributes much of the turkey drives success to event organizers and those who contributed to the drive.

"Thanks to the event coordinator, Mr. King, and thank you to all who participated by donating to our local community," Lee said. "Love you all!"