Volunteering isn’t just about giving back; it’s an opportunity to connect with colleagues and contribute to meaningful community projects. Recently, I had the chance to be part of a remarkable event—the Tyrese Maxey Foundation’s Annual Turkey Giveaway. Branding by Phenixx Marketing, where I’ve been interning since January, this event was more than just distributing turkeys; it was about fostering community bonds.
Campaign Goals and Preparation
Our goal was ambitious: to give away 1000 turkeys and 2000 pounds of produce, including essentials like leafy greens, potatoes, fruits, eggs, and bread. Partnering with DTLR who gave away New Balance sneakers to students and Farmer Jawn for fresh produce added a vibrant touch to our initiative. Phenixx Marketing’s role was pivotal—we provided branded collateral, including tote bags, turkey bags, a step-and-repeat, and banners while updating their official website and social media pages.
Event Setup and Coordination
The venue, George Washington Carver High School, transformed into a canvas of collaboration. Tables, tote bags, and banners lay scattered as we worked tirelessly, weaving together the tangible elements of the event. With unwavering dedication, our team gathered with volunteers for setup, shirt distribution, and a walk-through. Organizing volunteers and registration lists, we ensured a smooth process, assigning stations and meticulously accounting for each turkey based on registration.
Event Day Energetic Buzz
As the event unfolded, the air buzzed with excitement. Media crews captured every moment as volunteers arranged turkeys and produce. Splitting tasks, half focused on turkeys, and half on produce, we created a seamless process. Families streamed in, greeted with bags of produce and turkeys. The mayor graced the event, presenting an award to the foundation for distributing the most turkeys in Philadelphia. Tyrese Maxey added a touch of celebrity, engaging with kids and volunteers, creating moments of joy and capturing smiles from everyone involved.
Community Impact and Recognition
Beyond the numbers, the impact was visible in the joy of families and the recognition from the mayor. The sense of community was palpable, from hardworking volunteers to families excitedly navigating the event.
Being part of Philly’s largest turkey giveaway wasn’t just an event; it was a testament to collaboration, community spirit, and the power of giving back. As we wrap up this incredible experience, I carry with me not just the memories of smiling faces but also the knowledge that small efforts, when combined, can make a significant impact.