On Saturday, November 11th, Cushman & Wakefield held its 16th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Thanksgiving event, which provided ingredients for an entire Thanksgiving meal to 50 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington families. The families participated in games, activities, and a complimentary lunch sponsored by Spilled Milk Catering. The company’s internal organization, the Cushman & Wakefield Future Leaders, planned this event, spending weeks crowdfunding both monetary and food donations from approximately 700 regional employees. Forty-five hundred dollars in donations were received in total.
The event was held at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) in Southeast Washington, DC, a location frequently used for art, theater and community activities. Twenty volunteers, starting at 9am, began packaging food for two hours before the participants arrived. Shopping volunteers were able to use less than half of the monetary donations to provide the food for the Thanksgiving meals. The remaining $2,500 were donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Summer Camp Program, which serves the community’s children with activities and supervision while school is out. SCOOPS2U attended for the first time and provided ice cream for all attendees. The leftover lunch was donated to Covenant House, an organization that provides youth, ages 18-24, with food, shelter, clothing, educational and vocational services, counseling, life skills education, recreation, and childcare.
Volunteer Lindsey Wohning, who is a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Future Leaders organization, said, “This was one of our more successful events and I am extremely thankful to all of the donors, shoppers, and volunteers. The highlight for me is always distributing the packaged ingredients. You can really see how appreciative the families are and it gets everyone in the Thanksgiving spirit.”