Air Conditioning Technician Raises $6,000 To Provide 300 Thanksgiving Dinners

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Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning and its employees will provide over 300 Thanksgiving dinners to families in the Anaheim area.

Leland Smith is the owner of Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning

Leland Smith, Owner of Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning

Over a hundred employees contributed money to the project. It really has become one of our major “good deeds” projects of the year.

Six years ago when air conditioning technician Frank Speer decided to deliver a few frozen turkeys to needy families, he never dreamed his little act of kindness would blossom into a Thanksgiving tradition that blesses the lives of over 1,000 people a year.

But with over $7,000 raised and 350 complete turkey dinners rolling out to Anaheim-area families this year, Speer and his coworkers at Service Champions Heating and Air Conditioning couldn’t be happier.

The project started as an offshoot of Service Champion’s “Good Deeds for Free” initiative, in which technicians are encouraged to perform acts of service or kindness for customers while on service calls. The “good deeds” are usually limited to things like bringing in trash cans, helping change a light bulb, or carrying groceries.

But Speer had an even bigger idea in mind.

“I’ve been blessed in so many ways in my life; I just wanted to find a way to give back. 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 sort of snowballed from there,” said Speer.

This year Speer has partnered with Smart & Final to purchase the needed food items in bulk at a discount. Then on Tuesday morning, Service Champions employees will gather at their warehouse to assemble the food into meal kits, which will then be distributed by local church groups and a veterans association to those in need. The list of needy families is provided by the city of Anaheim.

Leland Smith, owner of Service Champions, has been a supporter of Speer’s turkey project for the last few years. “It has spread to just about the entire company,” said Smith. “We’ll have over a dozen people helping on Tuesday, and over a hundred employees contributed money to the project. It really has become one of our major “good deeds” projects of the year.”

As for the future, Speers says the sky is the limit. “There will always be more need than there are resources. We’ll continue to give as much as we can help as many people as possible.”

Service Champions was founded by Leland Smith in 2000, and is a Diamond Certified HVAC contractor servicing Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Please contact Katey Becker at 714-453-1219 for additional information about the company or Project Turkey.

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