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Common Heart’s goal this year: 1,000 frozen turkeys

Last year Common Heart provided meals for more than 800 people. The nonprofit is collecting turkeys to give to needy families for their Thanksgiving meal.
Last year Common Heart provided meals for more than 800 people. The nonprofit is collecting turkeys to give to needy families for their Thanksgiving meal. Common Heart

Common Heart’s Great Turkey Countdown is underway and the group needs your help.

The Indian Trail nonprofit is hoping to give away 1,000 frozen turkeys with all the fixings to 1,000 local families in need. The food will be delivered Nov. 21 to needy families in Union County, southeast Charlotte, Matthews and Mint Hill.

This effort will enable these families to prepare their Thanksgiving feast in their own home.

Frozen turkeys and other Thanksgiving related nonperishable items such as canned fruit, vegetables, boxed potatoes or stuffing can be dropped off at the nonprofit’s Common Things Thrift Store, 321 Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

If you wish to donate large amounts of nonperishables food items or 10 or more turkeys, email CommonHeart@CommonHeart.org to make an appointment for at the Common Cupboard Food Pantry.

Cash donations also are being accepted. Every $20 raised buys a turkey and some of the fixings.

Hundreds of volunteers also are needed for packing boxes and delivering food from 6:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 21. To donate online or sign up to volunteer, visit http://Turkeys.CommonHeart.org.

Common Heart Executive Director Keith Adams said he is amazed at how the event has grown, both in need and generosity.

“Seven years ago, when we started, we gave away just over 100 Thanksgiving baskets,” Adams said. “Last year, thanks to the community’s generosity, we surpassed our goal and delivered 840 baskets to local families in need. This year we hope that we can serve at least 1,000 families.”

The first Great Turkey Countdown started on Facebook in 2007. The tradition continues today at Facebook.com/TheCommonHeart.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: m.johnston@carolina.rr.com.

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