Employees of Stonebridge Country Club provided a hot meal, clothing, food and toys to homeless and needy members of the Albany community Monday. (Staff photo: Laura Williams)
ALBANY — It’s the season of giving, and several Albany residents received an early Christmas present Monday, thanks to Stonebridge Country Club.
Monday, employees at Stonebridge provided homeless and needy families in the area with a clothing, food and a hot meal at First United Methodist Church.
“We started out by collecting canned goods,” said Stonebridge server Lacey Farley-Kimsey. “Then, we realized that these people need a meal, too.”
From there, donations were contributed by family, friends, community members, and Albany organizations including FUMC, Advertising With Lisa, Master Body Works, Buffalo Rock, Warehouse Liquors, Smallcakes, and the Stonebridge Men’s Golf Association.
“It really came together fast,” said Farley-Kimsey, “and we had a good response from the community.”
Santa Claus even made an early appearance, serving food and delighting young children with toys.
Farley-Kimsey and Stonebridge Assistant Kitchen Manager Matt Lamb headed the goodwill outreach project, and spent the early morning hours of Monday preparing the hot meal.
“We had about 146 people come today, and we were able to give all we had away,” Lamb said. “It’s been a good day.”
Though this marks the first community outreach project for these Stonebridge employees, it won’t be the last, they say.
“We plan to start doing projects like this two or three times a year,” said Lamb. “We’re already planning one for next summer where we will sell hams, ribs, and other stuff to raise money for area children. We plan to use those profits to buy book bags and other school supplies for those who can’t afford them.”