Glenview, IL: NOVEMBER 2015 – Family Video, the nation’s largest family-owned movie and game rental chain, aims to make the holidays a little brighter for families in need this holiday season. Continuing an annual tradition, the chain’s 780 stores will be donating thousands of turkeys and hams between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to those who most need help in their local communities.

The tradition began over 40 years ago, when Clarence Hoogland, founder of Family Video’s original parent company, Midstates Appliance and Supply, gave each warehouse employee a plump turkey for their family’s holiday meal. When Clarence’s son Charles ‘Charlie’ Hoogland took over the business, he expanded the practice to donate turkeys to Family Video’s customers as well since they are “part of the family!”

Charlie’s son Keith Hoogland, President of Family Video, remarked, “It’s about community and people. When customers come to a Family Video, they almost always know the person behind the counter. This is an opportunity for us to give back and support the whole community, not just the people that come into our stores.”

Local store and district managers work in conjunction with schools, churches, homeless shelters, and other community organizations to identify families or groups who are in need of a holiday meal. The Family Video team will then personally deliver the turkey or ham to the people who need it most. Through this program, the company and its employees are able to express their gratitude and support toward the community in a meaningful way.

Hoogland continued, “This year, our employees are projected to donate over 30,000 turkeys and hams to local families who need assistance. We are proud to continually be able to make a difference.

About Family Video 
Family Video is the largest movie and game rental chain in the United States, operating more than 780 stores in 19 states and Canada. The company has developed more than 650 retail strip centers, with tenants ranging from Fortune 500 companies to local community retailers. For more information or a list of store locations, visit