Copart Atlanta East participated in a canned food drive and donated all collected items to the Shephard Staff Ministries Food Pantry. Staying involved and active in the community is important to the staff at Copart Atlanta East. Copart’s Georgia Central Title Unit (CTU) Manager Ashley Wood brought together the idea for the office to help a local organization that would provide a direct benefit to their local community during this upcoming holiday season.
“When we began discussing the idea of a canned food drive, Shephard Staff came to mind not only because of the direct impact it has had with an immediate family member of mine in the past, but because of the generous assistance they provide to our local community in serving more than 13,000 people each year,” said Ashley Wood, Copart Central Title Unit Manager.
The canned food drive at the Copart Atlanta East office was held just before the Thanksgiving holiday as a way to bring awareness and show support to those in need in the local community. Fellow co-workers filled the collection barrel with a variety of food products, including canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat, noodles, peanut butter and jelly, breakfast bars, and oatmeal.
Brad Blalock, General Manager, talks about the canned food drive:
“We are a business that employs more than 45 people in this community. We want to make sure that we are taking a very active role in the community we are a part of.
I think it’s always important to give back to those that are in need because I consider myself very lucky to have a great job with a great company. This canned food drive represents the many great things that Copart does not only for its employees but its community as well. We wanted to be a part of that.
Participating in events like this not only helps to strengthen the bonds between co-workers, but it also lets you see a different side of people. Sometimes events like this give you a little reminder of how wonderful and special your team members are; they always brings out the best in people!”
Chadrick Alexander, Assistant General Manager, also comments on the success of the event:
“For me, this canned food drive gives me the opportunity to have a positive and immediate effect on my community. It’s so important to give back because your community is your homefront. Your community is your neighbor, a friend, and a friend’s family or loved one. It’s where you can truly see change, whether temporary or permanent, and in an area that affects you.
These kinds of events create an environment of care. We work with each other daily and spend a lot of time with each other. It’s great to know that our co-workers truly care for others. Doing community outreach programs like this helps with building an overall stronger relationship with each other.”