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Buffalo City Mission launches 2018 turkey drive to deliver happy Thanksgiving for homeless


Wed, Nov 7th 2018 09:00 am
Program sets goal of 2,000 donated turkeys before Thanksgiving holiday
On Wednesday, the Buffalo City Mission kicked off its annual turkey drive to provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal for impoverished families, the elderly and shut-ins. The City Mission set a goal to collect 2,000 turkeys from now through Monday, Nov. 19.
The Thanksgiving community meal will be served Tuesday, Nov. 20.
A press release read, "In a time of year where togetherness and thankfulness are top-of-mind, many who visit the City Mission face hardship and struggle. These individuals seek support, shelter and a community to lift them up in their time of need. Through the turkey drive, the City Mission is dedicated to deliver a happy Thanksgiving for all, through the generosity and goodwill of others."
"At the Buffalo City Mission, we believe there is no greater purpose than to serve others in their most desperate times," said Stuart Harper, CEO and executive director of the Buffalo City Mission. "Our annual turkey drive captures the special spirt and essence of Thanksgiving by bringing our community together to deliver a hot meal that leaves no neighbor behind. Together, everyone can make an impact. And every donation counts."
Last year, the City Mission fed more than 250 people at its annual Thanksgiving community meal, and distributed more than 5,500 meals to the poor and homeless on Thanksgiving. The agency said that, with the generous help of Western New Yorkers, thousands of shut-ins, the elderly and impoverished families will have a full Thanksgiving meal again this year.
The turkey drive is driven by individual turkey donations. Members of the community can contribute by delivering turkeys to the Buffalo City Mission at 100 E. Tupper St. Drop-offs are welcome between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
The City Mission also seeks volunteers for its "Turkey Express" program, to help serve or deliver food on Thanksgiving Day. To volunteer, or learn how help a neighbor find hope this Thanksgiving, call 716-854-8181 or visit buffalocitymission.org/turkey-express.
About Buffalo City Mission
The Buffalo City Mission, founded in 1917, is a nonprofit organization providing preventative, emergency and transitional housing programs to thousands of people who are homeless and impoverished every year. The City Mission includes a women and children's shelter (Cornerstone Manor), the Men's Community Center, and the Dick Road thrift store to serve the Western New York community. For more information, visit buffalocitymission.org, call 716-854-8181 or follow on social media (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloCityMission and Twitter: https://twitter.com/CityMission).

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