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ISB’s Steve Sample loads turkey dinners to deliver to the YWCA. Watch the video about the emotional day.

A complete, hot meal is something most of us take for granted. At Thanksgiving, we joke about abundant leftovers and the subsequent “food coma.” But for hundreds of families in Seattle and King and Snohomish counties, a holiday feast that would have been a fantasy became a reality because of the YWCA and the kindness of strangers.

For the past nine years, ISB has held a Basket Brigade fundraiser among the staff in order to purchase Thanksgiving dinners for needy families. Since 2010, ISB has committed to donating 50 dinners each year to the YWCA Thanksgiving Basket program. This year’s goal was to raise $2,500 to cover costs. Through employee donations and a bake sale, we collected $3,214, which afforded the necessary turkey dinners as well as a surplus cash gift.

Our mission at ISB is to revolutionize science, transform human health, and ensure environmental sustainability. What drives us to pursue these goals is the belief that we can make our world a better place. We instill a culture of philanthropy that not only unites us around our vision to bring wellness to humans and the planet but also to be generous members of our community.

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