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Employees kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving food baskets

SUSAN DICK, with the Estill County Food Bank, receives some of the 150 baskets assembled by Jackson 

Energy Employee.

Jackson Energy employees kicked off the holiday season by filling Thanksgiving food baskets as they ended a day of training in early November.

The employees donated items to assemble 150 food baskets that were distributed throughout the region. Leftover items were donated to the Good Samaritan House Homeless Shelter in London.

“This is our way of helping needy families in the communities we serve during the holiday season,” said Jackson Energy President & CEO Carol Wright.

Baskets were assembled during an all-employee meeting held at the London District Office. Administrative Assistant Lisa Baker coordinated the drive, and an assembly line of food, baskets and trimmings ringed the Jackson Energy meeting room. Employees began with an empty basket at one end of the line and finished with a holiday gift at the other end. Canned vegetables, boxes of brownie mix, macaroni & cheese, packs of instant potatoes and canned hams were added to the baskets as employees moved from table to table.

Before being lined in rows for final distribution, each basket was placed in a cellophane bag that included a note wishing the family a blessed Thanksgiving and a bow was added to the top. Baskets were donated to food banks and other organizations in each of the seven primary counties served by Jackson Energy – Clay, Estill, Jackson, Laurel, Lee, Owsley and Rockcastle.