2008 Springer Turkey Challenge Feeds 10,000 People This Past Holiday Season!
by Keith Springer
I am pleased to announce that the 2008 Springer Turkey Challenge had a good year to help feed those most in need this holiday season, especially considering the economy. Contributions tallied to $2,270, which I then personally matched to gave us a whopping $4,540, just slightly below last year. As always, all proceeds went to local food banks to help feed hungry families during the holidays. What the food bank does with the money is really amazing. According to the Sacramento Food Bank, because of their buying power they are able to convert every dollar they receive in donations into $10 worth of food! So, for every dollar we give them, they can feed two adults or four children. What a way to make a difference.
I take great pride and joy in my annual Springer Turkey Challenge, which raises money to feed hungry families. The number of people in need is astounding, and no child should ever go hungry, especially during the holidays. Most of our contributions come in as Thanksgiving approaches. We accept donations as low as $15 to "buy a turkey", which I then match, doubling the pot. As we get close to Thanksgiving, I present the money to local area food banks to feed the families most in need right here in our community. Of course there are contributions that come in after Thanksgiving and throughout the year, which I still match with the money given to local food banks for Christmas and or other holidays.
I originally started doing this in 1999 as a way of giving back to the community with something that really makes a difference. In the beginning, I would actually go to the supermarket and negotiate the price of turkeys, pay for them, then help the food bank load them into their pick-ups for distribution. As the Springer Turkey Challenge grew, we began donating the money rather than turkeys. This way they could also provide other necessary items to round out the meal. This is one of the things I truly look forward to the most each year, something where I can actually make a difference to the world by helping out. This year we will be feeding over 10,000 people who would have otherwise gone without during the holidays. Your contributions make it work and I can't do it without you. Thank you so much for your help, and let's make next year even better.
Please make your donations out to: Springer Turkey Challenge
And send them to: Keith Springer
Springer Financial Advisors
1383 Garden Highway, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95833