For the fourth year in a row, seven teams of officers from Lubbock National Bank delivered hundreds of sandwiches from Glazed Honey Ham Co. to 25 local tax firms Tuesday morning to mark Tax Day.
Randy Laycock, senior vice president and director of marketing for the bank, said the the delivery is a token of their appreciation for those who serve the community.
The food was meant to provide much needed nourishment at a time when leaving the office may be difficult for tax preparers.
“They’re very appreciative,” said Laycock. “A lot of them look forward to it. It’s a relief for them that they don’t have to worry about stopping what they’re doing to go get something to eat or be gone out of the office. They can work through the day.”
Operations began at 9 a.m. as the group gathered inside the restaurant at 3424 82nd St. where bags and sandwich trays were stacked on open tables and countertops.
Fourteen officers formed teams of two as they were each given a list of firms to visit.
The order purchased by the bank consisted of numerous boxed lunches and sandwich platters - enough to feed more than 300 people.
With the order divvied up between the seven teams, cars were filled and they were off to their first stop at RPC CPAs + Consultants, LLP, 2403 82nd St.
Laycock and his partner Kyle McNeese, senior vice president and chief information officer for the bank, arrived and unloaded the vehicle.
McNeese said they wanted to recognize the hard work that goes into tax preparation.
The special delivery is a way to celebrate and honor tax preparerers, he said.
“We like to serve the community and help where we can, and thank the community for their services,” McNeese said.
Stacey Wade, tax manager with RPC, said the gesture helps relieve some of the stress that may come with final preparations.
The company, which also has offices in New Mexico and El Paso, said between their 9 locations, they prepare about 6,000 returns, including 850 in Lubbock.
For the full-service accounting firm, Tax Day is the “best day ever,” she said with a smile.
“(The delivery) is fabulous,” Wade said. “It takes away the stress of having to worry about going out to eat, and if we do have things come up, everybody’s in the office, and we know where to find people. It’s just very appreciated.”
With the delivery making it their fourth Tax Day visit, Laycock said Lubbock National Bank enjoys showing their appreciation for others in the community as they have also held cookouts for first responders.
“We like the tradition,” he said, “and want to continue it in the future.”