From Good Deed to Nonprofit Organization, How One HVAC Technician Makes a Difference Every Thanksgiving

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For Thanksgiving, he wanted to perform a good deed and deliver a few frozen turkeys to needy families in his church. 17 years later, with a little help from Service Champions, Speer’s good deed is feeding 500 families across Orange County.

“When you’re knocking on someone’s door Thanksgiving eve and they start crying because they got a turkey dinner when they weren’t going to have one with their family, that changes you for the rest of your life.”

In 2002, HVAC technician Frank Speer had an idea. For Thanksgiving, he wanted to perform a good deed and deliver a few frozen turkeys to needy families in his church. 17 years later, Speer’s good deed is feeding 500 families across Orange County.

Speer’s turkey drive has humble beginnings. As a long-term employee of HVAC and plumbing company, Service Champions, Speer is encouraged to participate in “Good Deeds for Free.” Oftentimes, these good deeds are small—taking in trash cans or changing a lightbulb—but he decided to take it the next level.

Through his work in the church, Speer saw families in need and wanted to reach people beyond his community; that’s why he started Share the Light, a nonprofit organization focused on good deeds. The organization was created to help Orange County community members in need. Every year, Share the Light partners with Service Champions to distribute Thanksgiving dinners for families, veterans, and others seeking help.

“I’ve been blessed in so many ways in my life; I just wanted to find a way to give back,” said Speer. “That first year I think we passed out 3 or 4 turkeys; then when I told my friends and co-workers how rewarding it was, they asked if they help out, too. It just snowballed from there.”

Share the Light is completely donation based. This year, Speer and his dedicated team are buying and distributing food with funds donated from Service Champions employees and various grants. On Tuesday, November 26, Service Champions employees gathered at their warehouse to assemble the food into meal kits and delivered them across Orange County.

“People will have food this year because of what we’ve done to help the community, “says Speer. “That’s a big deal, and a huge blessing we’re able to that continually.”

Now, it’s an annual Service Champions tradition to assist Share the Light in any way possible. From technicians donating their time and service to employees giving what donations they can, this partnership is incredibly meaningful to the Service Champions family.

“When you’re knocking on someone’s door Thanksgiving eve and they start crying because they got a turkey dinner when they weren’t going to have one with their family, that changes you for the rest of your life,” reflects Speer.

Service Champions is Southern California’s best residential plumbing, heating & air conditioning company. We service, repair, and install all kinds and brands of heaters and air conditioners along with drain cleaning. We serve Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County. Please contact Katey Becker at 714-453-1219 for additional information about the company or Project Turkey.

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Leland Smith
Service Champions Plumbing, Heating & AC
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