Sharing the Bounty and Blessings of Thanksgiving
When Bryan and Donna Scott first launched Barn Light Electric back in 2008, their goal was to produce high-quality, vintage-inspired barn lighting right here in their home town of Titusville, Florida.
As the company grew, the couple was advised to take their manufacturing overseas where light fixtures could be mass produced more cheaply. But their answer was always a resounding no.
“We wanted to keep our manufacturing right here where we could oversee the quality of our products and provide economic support to our own community,” Bryan explains. That support comes not only in job creation but also by lending a helping hand to other organizations within the community.
Last week, Barn Light Electric employees gathered to create food baskets for the Bridges of Light Foundation, a local group that supports at-risk youth and their families in Central Florida.
“Our Thanksgiving food drive provides a comprehensive Thanksgiving meal to families who otherwise would be unable to have one,” says Erin Webb, program coordinator for Bridges of Light. “In addition to providing a classic Thanksgiving meal, these donations help us provide additional groceries to families in place of the free breakfast and lunch the youth usually receive at school.”
Each department at Barn Light received a large laundry basket to fill with goodies for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. From stuffing mixes and cranberry sauce to pie fillings and veggies for casseroles, the baskets were piled high.
“We’re so grateful to everyone on the Barn Light team who pitched in to make this food drive a success,” says Samantha, Barn Light’s marketing manager. “It’s a great way to share the bounty and help these kids and their families have a wonderful meal for Thanksgiving and beyond.”
The Bridges of Light Foundation offers a variety of programs in addition to their community partnerships like the food drive including school-based initiatives, mentorship programs, and family services. This season’s food drive will help more than 250 families in Central Florida.