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Delaware North spreads holiday cheer by giving back to communities

It’s the time of year for giving, and Delaware North locations are celebrating with donations and charitable good deeds in their communities.

Grand Canyon National Park associates give gifts, food to less fortunate
Each year during the holiday season, Delaware North at Grand Canyon National Park provides assistance for families in the Grand Canyon, Valle, and Tusayan communities through the Angel Tree Donation program.

holiday2019_grandcanyon-3191440Grand Canyon community members are invited to donate funds and/or newly purchased gifts to assist local families with meal gift baskets and family holiday gifts. Delaware North also requests donations from business partners and vendors to supplement the program.

Shoppers select an angel from the Angel Tree and contribute a donation or gift, then Delaware North hosts a gift-wrapping party with refreshments and a meal basket-building party for the community.

In 2019, 61 families and 149 children were provided with holiday gifts and 77 meal baskets 

were distributed. Each meal basket weighed 52 pounds and included holiday meal staples, as well as a $30 gift card to Canyon Village Market to buy perishable items. The Grand Canyon Food Pantry donated fresh produce to complete the meal baskets.

In addition to the Angel Tree program, Delaware North hosts a holiday shopping special event at Canyon Village Market in early December featuring photos with Santa, complimentary hot cocoa and cookies for shoppers, activities and a 25% storewide discount with the donation of non-perishable food items for the Grand Canyon Food Pantry.

This year, between the Delaware North associate holiday party and the shopping event, associates collected over 700 pounds of donated food items for the pantry.

Wheeling Island partners with Salvation Army
holiday2019_wheeling-9945805Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, Delaware North’s owned-and-operated gaming destination in Wheeling, W.Va., partnered with the Salvation Army this holiday season to help make the holidays bright for hundreds of area children.

An annual toy drive encouraged guests of the property to donate a gift in exchange for $20 in free play at the casino. Hundreds of toys were picked up by the Salvation Army this week, and toys will be distributed to children in the community.

In addition to the toys, Wheeling Island associates and guests also raised more than $8,500 to support the Salvation Army.

Rock Island Senior Center holiday party
holiday2019_jumers-8499184Associates from Delaware North owned-and-operated Jumer’s Casino & Hotel this month contributed their time and talent by preparing and serving a holiday meal for local seniors. More than 100 senior citizens from Rock Island, Ill., gathered to enjoy an annual holiday party, presented by the Rock Island Senior Center.

A holiday tradition, Jumer’s has donated and volunteered at the annual holiday party since 2014. The Jumer’s culinary staff provided a delicious meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, rolls and pumpkin pie. More than 20 volunteers served the meal to the seniors.

For the past six years, Jumer’s has provided meals at a number of senior living centers and assists with meal delivery to homebound seniors.

Target Field and Allianz Field team up to support veterans
holiday2019_targetfield2-6614428Delaware North Sportservice at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., this month hosted the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MAC-V) “A Home for the Holidays” event.

Held in partnership with local TV station WCCO-TV, the event featured volunteers serving meals and handing out gift bags to veterans and their families. The event also connected homeless veterans with service providers such as medical care resources, and assistance and shelter programs.

Not only did the Delaware North culinary and catering team host the large holiday luncheon, but the Human Resources teams from both Target Field and Allianz Field held a job fair to help homeless veterans find employment.

Last year, MAC-V comprehensively served 1,810 veterans and their families throughout Minnesota who were homeless or experiencing a crisis that could lead to homelessness.

Emerging Leaders BRG hosts toy drive to benefit children’s hospital
holiday2019_eldn-6459022Delaware North’s Emerging Leaders Business Resource Group (ELDN) held a toy drive last week to benefit John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

The toy drive was co-sponsored by KeyBank’s Young Professionals Group. Nearly 60 Delaware North and KeyBank associates joined together on Dec. 17 to collect the 75 toys that were donated.