Yesterday evening I was driving home from work and received a call from TopGolf's beloved Corporate Executive Chef Seve Delgado. Her niece's best friend lost her home in the Moore, Okla. tornado, so her family and friends were packing a U-Haul full of donated items for the city's victims. Seve asked me if TopGolf could help pull together extra donations to fill the truck before it left½the next morning.
I loved this gesture, but I'll admit I had some doubts that we could pull together very many items on such short notice. But what the heck, it was worth a shot!
Fast forward 16 hours, and TopGolf Dallas and Allen had worked through the night and gathered enough items to help fill two U-Haul trucks. TWO! On top of that, ten TopGolf volunteers, including our Dallas and Allen General Managers, showed up at 9 a.m. this morning to help load the first truck. Nearly 30 others from the community also pitched in, and the truck was filled in less than an hour while Channel 5 filmed our group's efficient assembly line.
I was overcome with pride today for our TopGolf family and the local community. I received e-mails and texts all throughout the night and wee hours of the morning with offers for help. In fact, when I stepped outside my door this morning, there were more donations waiting for me. From whom, I don't know½but thank you.
The sweet woman who organized this whole effort, Jennifer Lemmo, deserves the highest praises. Thank you, Jennifer, for letting TopGolf be a part of this special gesture. Today proved that it takes just one person with an idea to get the ball rolling because there are countless others out there who are ready and willing to jump in and help.
Today there's a 26-foot U-Haul parked in front of TopGolf Allen until Saturday morning. Please bring by some goods to help us fill another truck! Cash donations also accepted. Checks should be made payable to TopGolf Allen. Most-needed items: bottles of water, diapers, toilet paper, non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights, paper towels, toothbrushes, deodorant, baby formula, pet food, etc. Let's make another miracle happen!