Meridian Waste Missouri, LLC, a subsidiary of Meridian Waste, an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, has kicked off Thanksgiving week with two community efforts to give thanks for the greater Pike County community: 1) the Gifting of the Turkeys to Eagle Ridge Landfill immediate neighbors and 2) the company’s annual Thanksgiving partnership with the North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) Pike County to share a full Thanksgiving dinner with families in need.
The spirit of Thanksgiving was first delivered on Saturday, November 21, with Meridian Waste and Eagle Ridge Landfill continuing its year-old tradition of hand-delivering the Thanksgiving main dish to their neighbors of the Eagle Ridge Landfill in Bowling Green as part of the company’s annual Gifting of the Turkeys. Government & Community Affairs Manager Angela Krah and Office Manager Linda Leffeler delivered 16 turkeys to the homes adjacent to the landfill to show their thanks for being great neighbors.
Immediately following on the heels of the Gifting of the Turkeys, Meridian Waste donated 20 Thanksgiving dinners to disadvantaged families throughout the company’s Pike County collection service area and home to the company’s Eagle Ridge Landfill on Tuesday, November 24. To qualify as a candidate family, NECAC requires that the parent(s) complete a mandatory life-skills class to ensure that there are educational and life enrichment aspects to the donation. This means the family takes home much more than just a delicious meal; they also take home a life-skill that will better its quality of life and financial future.
The traditional Thanksgiving meals include a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie for the recipients to cook and customize to warm their homes and share with their families.
Photos 1 & 2: Neighbors of the Eagle Ridge Landfill, Bowling Green, Mo., receiving their main dish from the Gifting of the Turkeys initiative.
Photo 3: Meridian Waste Office Manager Linda Leffeler and Government & Community Affairs Manager Angela Krah, and NECAC Program Director Linda Fritz packing the Thanksgiving Dinner Boxes.
Photo 4: Assembled Thanksgiving dinner box ready for the NECAC recipients.