Consumers Energy employees who install underground natural gas pipes dug into their own pockets to provide more than 150 Thanksgiving meals in Saginaw.
In total, the workers raised $13,295 to give 457 families full Thanksgiving meals- each including a 12 pound turkey and family-favorite sides like mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, and dinner rolls.
The gas construction operations employees work on Consumers Enhanced Infrastructure Replacement Program (EIRP); upgrading vintage natural gas lines. Construction on these lines helps to improve system reliability and safety.
Steven Hanley, senior field leader for Consumers Energy said in a statement released after the distribution “We become familiar with some of the folks whose yards we work in daily, and we hope delivering turkey dinners in a small way sincerely shows the gratitude we feel toward these understanding customers,[…] Our team takes pride that the funding for these meals comes 100% from those of us who were involved in the work in this neighborhood.”
Crews delivered Thanksgiving meal baskets to 152 Saginaw families near the River Street and M-46 area, in addition to deliveries in Lansing and Pontiac.
This marks the eighth year EIRP crews have provided Thanksgiving meals to different communities in Consumers Energy’s natural gas service territory.