Operation Christmas Meal in Webster City

posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

"I was raised to help people, and I've learned the smallest of gestures can make a big difference in people's lives," said John Stinn, environmental projects manager at Iowa Select Farms. "It feels good to give back by donating pork loins, and seeing the gratitude people and the smile it brings reminds us we can make a difference."

We had a lot going on in Hamilton County, and the employees who live there brought Operation Christmas Meal to the Webster City community.

Paul Issacson, a finishing supervisor who lives near Williams said he volunteered because he wanted to be a part of giving back. "I love this company, from the top to the bottom they all care, it's a fun place to work and this is one more thing to get involved in."

Melinda Caquenlin, a newborn pig specialist at Wright Sow Farm, says she came last year and it felt good to see all of the smiling faces. Melinda, who lives in Dows, says she loves Operation Christmas Meal and appreciates the military programs the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation runs. "I can relate to what life is like for a military family. My nephew just enlisted in the Army, and my brother-in-law was a bomb specialist."

Zach Schumacher, a Webster City resident and ventilation specialist for Iowa Select Farms says he was brought up to help people out. "It feels good to give back and see the smiles on people's faces."

Both Zach and John Stinn, also a Webster City resident, have helped for many years, and multiple events the Foundation does. Zach says he also appreciates the impact of the Powersnack Program because it supports so many children, and John also likes that it hits the schools where our farms and employees are located.

Cruz Perea, who lives in Webster City, said he volunteered because he really wanted to be a part of giving back, and was glad he did. Cruz is the breeding department head at Sow 114 near Galt.

Reuben Riniker is the manager at Jacobsen Sow Farm located near Blairsburg. He's been with the company for 13 years and has always appreciated what the Foundation has done for the area.

He says his favorite Foundation program is the Hansen Home for Hope. He remembers when he was little, a family member who needed special hospital care and how hard it was on the family.

Thanks to all of our caring and dedicated volunteers who took the time from their busy days to pitch in and give a hand to people in need--we love ya!