Volunteers Needed for Operation Turkey 2019  Focus on Southwest: Help with preparation and distribution

A scene from last year’s Operation Turkey which concentrated on North Philadelphia. This year
volunteers are needed for preparation, packaging, and delivery on Thanksgiving morning.
A scene from last year’s Operation Turkey which concentrated on North Philadelphia. This year volunteers are needed for preparation, packaging, and delivery on Thanksgiving morning.

Volunteers are needed to support Operation Turkey which is expected to focus on Southwest on Thanksgiving Day. Upwards of 1000 turkeys and meals are distributed to homeless individuals and deserving families every Thanksgiving.

Help is also needed during the months leading up to November 28 this year. Volunteers not only prepare, package and deliver warm meals, care packages and clothing from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  

Operation Turkey especially invites families to step forward as there are important jobs designated for children and youth. Family participation also communicates the most important message of Thanksgiving – providing for those in our community who are less fortunate than others. 

In 2018, Operation Turkey hand-delivered more than 60,000 meals to worthy recipients in 22 cities throughout the country. 

Those who wish to step forward on Thanksgiving Day for deliveries in the SW area should plan to show up at 8:00 am wearing comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes for walking safety. Other volunteers may select the kind of activity in which they wish to participate – on or before “turkey day”: cooking, cleaning, packaging, plating and more.

To find out how to help or to request a turkey dinner, visit www.operationturkey.com 

Article by Ted Behr and Mark Harrell of Southwest CDC

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