KTP employees were among the many volunteers who showed off their assembly line skills this morning at 4th Street Live! as they helped fill 1,550 Boxes of Love for families in need this Christmas. Each box, which feeds a family of four, contained a turkey and a variety of delicious sides. Several employees, like Tameka Colon, came straight from the plant having just worked a 10-hour shift because she wanted to get more involved. Stephanie “Bubbles” Collins, SD Paint - B Crew, noted that she loves “volunteering, especially around the holidays. It’s pure joy to help out and it’s good for your health,” she added. Union members, first responders and veterans transported 1,450 boxes to families and supporting agencies in the greater Louisville area and 100 to families impacted by the tornadoes in Western Kentucky.
This year marks the 11th annual Boxes of Love event which has come a long way from its humble beginnings. UAW Local 862 President Todd Dunn started the program from a desire to help those in need at Thanksgiving. For the first couple years, he and other KTP UAW-Ford employees assembled 50 Thanksgiving dinners in the gym at KTP Union Hall. Once Metro United Way became a partner in 2012 and Dunn became president of the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council shortly thereafter, the event skyrocketed. Today, Boxes of Love brings together other local unions, community organizations, businesses and individuals to annually provide 1,500+ Christmas dinners for families in need throughout Greater Louisville. Since its inception, approximately 52,000 people (13,000 families), who might otherwise go hungry, have enjoyed a very special Christmas dinner packed with love by KTP employees.