Bank employees prepare Thanksgiving boxes at Community Storehouse

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About 15 Capital One Bank volunteers gathered at the Community Storehouse pantry Oct. 23 and put together 106 Thanksgiving boxes that will be given to area families in need.

The group was part of more than 3,300 Capital One associates that partnered with area non-profits during the company-wide initiative “One Week,” held Oct. 21 through 27.

Community Storehouse offers education, support and assistance with basic needs for children of the Keller and Northwest school districts whose families are going through a crisis - a job loss, medical emergency or the death of a parent.

“During One Week, we ask every employee to take part in at least one service project,” said Mike Barber, Fort Worth area president of Capital One Bank.

Barber said prior to the event, the bank also donated $1,500 to the Community Storehouse to allow the pantry manager to purchase food items.

Barber said participating in the event “recharges” employees, doing them just as much good as the people they are helping.

“We remember what’s important. We’re bankers, our day-to-day looks very different than a day at the Community Storehouse,” he said. “This helps us to be more thankful for what we have and helps us focus on others.”

Getting involved and seeing first hand how the organization operates was a real eye-opener for Anna resident Yoshanda Sims, Capital One sales manager.

“To give back, there’s nothing like it,” Sims said. “Any little bit helps and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

Sims said seeing people come in to the pantry to get food and seeing some of the empty shelves made an impact on her.

“Now I see how the donations I give help the community,” she said. “It makes me want to do even more. I might even bring my family to help next time.”

Keller resident Dave Monaghan, Capital One senior marketing sales executive, said volunteering in the community is “extremely important” to him.

“My personal paoorinatorssion is this particular charity,” Monaghan said. “I have children in the Keller ISD. Community Storehouse has served such a vital need for families in the Northwest and Keller districts.”

Pantry coordinator Bill Lytle said the Community Storehouse will feed 1,000 families for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In addition to the food box, families receive a turkey or ham, or a gift card so they can purchase one.

“It’s difficult for us to get the product,” Lytle said. “When people donate money it allows me to purchase what we are short on.”

Lytle said the organization is always glad to get food donations but money allows him to purchase items needed to complete the boxes.

Last week, the pantry was restocked with canned pumpkin, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce, but was short of stuffing mix and completely out of marshmallows.

“We need to replenish to put more boxes together,” he said.

Lisa Cave, Capital One branch manager, said prior to packing the boxes, a video was shown to employees explaining what the nonprofit does to serve area children.

“We had a such good time ... and we learned a lot about the Community Storehouse. It’s not just a food pantry,” Cave said. “Their involvement in the community is amazing, it’s a real eye opener.”

To schedule a volunteer event or get more information about donating, go to www.communitystorehouse.org.

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