South Charlotte

Common Heart collecting turkeys for those in need

Common Heart’s Great Turkey Countdown is in full swing, and the organization needs you to donate a turkey for someone in need.

The Indian Trail nonprofit is collecting 700 frozen turkeys to provide Thanksgiving dinner for those who need a little extra help with the holiday meal.

On Nov. 22, Common Heart plans to pack and distribute 700 food boxes throughout Union County, complete with turkey, dressing and all the rest of the traditional meal fixings, including desserts.

Common Heart also needs help.

“In addition to donating turkeys, we really need people to help deliver,” said Common Heart Executive Director Keith Adams. “We need friendly, caring folks who want to meet some neighbors in need and just love on them a little bit and be a blessing to them.”

The Great Turkey Countdown happens each year the weekend before Thanksgiving, but Common Heart serves those in need throughout the year with two food pantries, free tax-return and health-insurance counseling, a thrift store and networking resources.

While the organization’s primary service area is Union County, Adams said, it sometimes crosses county lines.

“We serve relationally,” Adams said. “As folks volunteer and build relationships with us, they become that little light in the community, and if they know someone outside Union County that needs help, we will help them, too.”