The spirit of holiday giving was apparent in Colorado with heartwarming community initiatives this past Thanksgiving.

Brandy Radey, Sr Relations Advisor, was part of the team that led these events. "We embraced the spirit of giving and partnered with organizations to support our neighbors in need in Commerce City and Denver." Brandy adds, "With a focus on Thanksgiving, Suncor's initiatives aim to alleviate food insecurity and foster community engagement and making a meaningful difference."

In collaboration with Adams County School District 14, the Adams 14 Education Foundation and Food For Hope, Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) provided a $10,000 grant supporting the delivery of more than 200 Thanksgiving food boxes to families in need. The boxes were assembled with a gift card to purchase perishables like produce, turkey, and other items. On November 16, Commerce City Refinery employees volunteered their time at the Adams 14 Hope Family Resource Center to distribute these essential food supplies before the holiday week began.

Suncor employee handing out a Thanksgiving food box

Suncor employee handing out the Thanksgiving food boxes to families

"This is the third year we’ve joined together with Food For Hope and Adams 14, one of the school districts near the refinery, to support Commerce City families at Thanksgiving. These two partners work diligently to build resiliency among families in our community, and we are grateful for their partnership," says Brandy.

Suncor's commitment to community giving also extended to the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot on November 23.  The annual four-mile run or walk held at Washington Park on Thanksgiving morning Celebrated its 50th anniversary this year and drew thousands of participants. It has become a cherished Thanksgiving tradition in Denver, but this year, Mile High United Way offered 15 complimentary registrations to Suncor employees, bringing the joy of giving and fitness together.

Suncor employees in front of the starting line for the Turkey Trot

Suncor employees participating in the Turkey Trot

"The Turkey Trot contributes to various causes, ensuring children are equipped for academic success, young adults are prepared for higher education or the workforce, and families have access to essential resources. These are critical needs in the Commerce City and Denver communities," says Brandy.

People standing at the Turkey Trot event

Participants at the Turkey Trot

As the region gears up for more holiday festivities, Suncor and its partners are working towards supporting the community to enrich the holiday season for all. Suncor is committed to fostering a stronger, more inclusive community where individuals and families are supported during times of need.

By working together with local organizations and events, Suncor demonstrated that the spirit of Thanksgiving is about more than just a holiday — it's about coming together and making a difference in the lives of others.