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Catholic Charities receives large donation to annual Turkey Drive, reaches goal

VESTAL (WBNG) — Catholic Charities said they reached their goal of 4,000 turkeys donated on Friday night.

We’re less than a week until Thanksgiving, and many folks have been heading to the store to gather all the essentials for their Thanksgiving meal this coming Thursday. Some families unfortunately don’t have the means to get a Thanksgiving meal, but that’s where Catholic Charities comes in.

Catholic Charities has been working on their annual Turkey Drive for the last several weeks now, collecting donated turkeys to give to families who need them to celebrate the holiday. They had been having trouble reaching their set goal of 4,000 turkeys, until one local business stepped in.

Howard Hanna employees got together and started a little competition between the Endwell and Vestal offices to see who could collect the most turkeys to be donated. By the final count, the two offices collected 567 turkeys that were loaded up and donated Friday afternoon.

All of these turkeys were then separated out and shipped off by volunteers to the families that would be receiving them. Howard Hanna’s donation was tremendous, but Catholic Charities is still just a bit shy of their goal. On Friday Catholic Charities said they collected 4,033 Turkeys which reached their 4,000 turkey goal.

“We are just barely making it. But, we’re still really optimistic that we’re going to get the goal. We’re going to be here until 8 or 9 o’clock tonight and people should still come down because we can still use those turkeys tomorrow,” said Catholic Charities Director of Emergency Services Mary Whitcombe.

Mostly businesses have donated this year, but Whitcombe said a large number of families and individuals, more than any other year, have donated to the drive this year.

Damon Matson

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