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KBE Provides Thanksgiving Dinner to 368 Families

Participants in this year’s Gift Gobble event

Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation has provided 368 turkey dinners for families in Conn. and Md. as part of its 10th annual Gift of Gobble event.

KBE employees and their families joined together to assemble and distribute the boxes on Nov. 17 and 19 to organizations throughout the two states. Over the last 10 years, KBE has provided Thanksgiving meals for more than 2,000 families, feeding an estimated 12,000 people.

The meal boxes contained all of the ingredients of a classic Thanksgiving dinner: turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, beans, potatoes, yams, rolls, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and a roasting pan. The meal kits were then donated to 12 charitable organizations for distribution to needy individuals.

For the event in Conn., KBE purchased all food items from Bozzuto’s, Inc. and received donated boxes from W.B. Mason.

In Md., KBE received a donation of $1,000 in gift cards from Giant Foods to help in the philanthropic effort.

Connecticut distributors include:  Amazing Grace Food Pantry – Middletown;  Ashford Food Bank – Ashford;  Bloomfield Social and Youth Services – Bloomfield;  Catholic Charities of Hartford – Hartford;  Columbus House – Middletown, New Haven, and Wallingford;  Farmington Community Services – Farmington;  Southington Community Services – Southington;  Waterbury Youth Services – Waterbury; and  Wallingford Master’s Manna – Wallingford.

Distributors in Maryland include  Sarah’s House Catholic Charities – Fort Meade;  Bridges to Housing Stability of Howard County – Columbia; and  Community Action Council of Howard County – Columbia.

“I’m proud that in our 10th year of doing the Gift of Gobble, it is still our most popular event among employees and their families,” said KBE President and CEO Mike Kolakowski. “It really speaks to the character of our employees, and how they want to give back to the communities in which we live and work. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many families.”

KBE’s 10th annual “Gift of Gobble” event is possible because of the firm’s corporate philanthropic program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference.

Established in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and 50 years in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate $2.75 million and more than 13,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland.