For a handful of years, National Printing Converters, 18 S. Murphy Ave., Brazil, has taken up collections internally for families in need during the holiday season.
This year, the company hopes to expand the collections to individuals and other businesses in the community.
"There can never be enough help," National Printing Converters Purchasing Manager Chris Nichols said.
Nichols is part of the company's Community Action Team, which sets up the food drive during Thanksgiving.
Since the program was implemented, the goal has been to help families in need by providing fixings for a Thanksgiving meal.
"The Community Action Team does this every year," Nichols said. "We try to give back to the community."
After food is collected, it is then delivered to families. Nichols said on average, food has been delivered to approximately 6-8 families each year.
"We'd like to do more," Nichols said.
Nichols said the company typically enlists the help of Serving on the Streets (S.O.S.) for names and addresses of families in need.
"We distribute to the families directly," Nichols said. "We get their names and addresses and call to let them know we're going to deliver a meal.
"When it comes to the Thanksgiving dinner, (all employees) jump in. They break into teams and deliver. When they come back, there's definitely a change. Everybody looks forward to the opportunity. They really enjoy it."
Nichols said the company is looking for more individuals and businesses to team together for the needed outreach.
"There's no doubt that there's plenty of people out there who need help," he said. "We'll try to help as many people as we can."
Nichols added all food would be delivered to needy families Monday and the company will accept donations up to the last minute.
"Hopefully, in the coming years, this will grow and we can help even more," he said.
Items in Need
National Printing Converters, 18 S. Murphy Ave., Brazil, is in need of the following items for Thanksgiving baskets the business intends to distribute to area families in need:
* Instant Mashed Potatoes,
* Vegetables (any kind),
* Cranberry Sauce,
* Chicken Broth, and
* Pumpkin Pie.