Port Houston helped spread the holiday spirit by preparing and packaging Thanksgiving meals for 22 families at the Houston International Seafarers’ Center. Families included both local community members and Port Houston staff affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Port Houston employees participated in the project by donating funds to buy and cook turkeys, cooking side dishes and desserts or volunteering to help package and deliver meal kits on Thanksgiving morning.
Each of the 22 families received a 15 lb. turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls, gravy and pie. Also included in each package, were tablecloths, utensils wrapped with festive fall bows and personalized cards, created by some of the littlest volunteers, as many employees brought their children to help.
This project was part of Port Houston’s strategic community outreach efforts. “We wanted to do something different and special this year, as the storm impacted many Houstonians, including some of our own,” said Garret Berg, assistant manager of community relations and events for Port Houston.
“Together, we fried 22 turkeys, coordinated the preparation of 132 side dishes and packed up full meals to feed 126 people. All of this was done with the help of over 50 volunteers and countless others who donated money to the project,” added Berg.
“Our efforts allowed many families and friends the opportunity to come together and share a nice, enjoyable holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day.”