I have an idea: the Walton family (hint: they own Walmart) could have brightened the Thanksgiving holiday for all of their employees—many of whom had to work on Thursday—by offering a turkey to every family of a Walmart worker.
I feel safe in assuming the turkey giveaway would have been welcomed in almost all of those Walmart homes….see, here's the thing: the company recently organized an in-house food drive, asking its employees to donate food for their less fortunate co-workers.
Walmart has 1.4 million American employees. Some of them probably wouldn't want a turkey, even a free one....and probably there are some families with more than one family member on the Walmart payroll.
Just for round numbers, let's say 1 million Walmart households would have welcomed a free turkey from the Waltons. Let's say you could get a heckuva nice bird for $15. So, for a measly $15 million, the Waltons could have made history by putting a turkey in every oven….
A little perspective: the Walton family members are worth almost $150 billion. Here's how the turkey spree would have worked out for them: they could have divided all their money into 10,000 equal piles of about $15 million each, used one of the piles to buy the turkeys, and kept the other 9,999 piles.
I think there would have been smiles all around. I think it's a nice thought.