Beyond The Acorn Fall 2017

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Random Acts of

KINDNESS For these companies, spreading holiday cheer is business as usual


Eighteen years ago, Century 21 Troop Real Estate agent Alex Gandel came to CEO Brian Troop with an idea: to provide Thanksgiving turkey dinners to local families in need. They fed 18 families that November, marking the beginning of an annual event. Last year, with help from a collection of nonprofits, small businesses, corporate donations and tireless volunteers, the Turkey-a-Thon provided 2,880 meals to families. At least 750 of those meals were for military families at the Seabee naval base at Port Hueneme. Each meal consists of a 15- to 18-pound turkey, 5-pound bag of potatoes, green beans, cream of mushroom soup, box of stuffing and fresh easy-bake rolls—enough to feed a family of 10. Because of the growing community interest, the Troop Community Foundation now runs the company’s philanthropic events. This year, Brian hopes to make the annual good deed a 100 percent company-backed event; agents can now fill out sales reports to donate a portion of their closing sales to the turkey drive. Brian, who has been in Ventura County for nearly 40 years, asks just one thing from the families receiving Thanksgiving meals: “When you get your feet back on the ground, come back and help.” And they do. “People who came up to me thanking me five years ago for Thanksgiving dinner are now shoulder to shoulder with me slinging turkeys during the drive. It’s a powerful, powerful thing.” email: 32 WWW.BEYONDTHEACORN.COM | FALL 2017