Teens for Turkeys
The first "Teens for Turkeys" event started in 2006, with an idea presented by Laguna Niguel Youth Committee member, Katie Nelson. The twelve members of the Youth Committee unanimously voted to have the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County be the recipient of the donated food items. Youth Committee members distributed flyers to their neighbors with information on how they could contribute, what types of food was accepted, and when to have the food ready for pick-up.
On pick-up day members met at Crown Valley Community Park. They divided into groups and drove to their local neighborhoods picking up donations from those neighbors where they had left flyers. The Youth Committee felt it was a great bonding event, and due to its great success, voted to make "Teens for Turkeys" an annual event.
Every November, the Youth Committee collects non-perishable food items in front of local grocery stores, the most recent being the Albertsons on Alicia Parkway in Laguna Niguel. Typically, the event is held on the third weekend in November. The Youth Committee members wear their shirts, with the city seal, and can be seen outside the doors handing out shopping lists to would-be buyers with the goal of collecting as much food as possible for the Marines, Sailors and families of the City's adopted military units- the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, USS McClusky and the USS Stockdale. Youth Committee members are usually outside the store on Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00 Noon and on Sunday from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Over the past several years, they have collected hundreds of pounds of food which they then sort, box and deliver to our service members. Youth Committee members enjoy giving back to their community, and through this annual event they feel their efforts are an expression of gratitude for the families of those who so bravely serve our country.