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Buffalo City Mission launches 2019 'Turkey Drive' to deliver a happy Thanksgiving for those in need

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Fri, Nov 1st 2019 07:55 pm

Program sets goal of 2,000 donated turkeys before Thanksgiving holiday

On Friday, the Buffalo City Mission kicked off its annual “Turkey Drive” to provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal for impoverished families, the elderly and shut-ins.

There are only 28 days left until Thanksgiving, and the City Mission set a goal to collect 2,000 turkeys from now through Wednesday, Nov. 27, to meet this need.

A press release said, “In a time of year where fellowship is celebrated, many who visit the City Mission face hardship. These individuals seek refuge, shelter and a community for support during a time of great adversity. Through the ‘Turkey Drive,’ the City Mission is once again dedicated to deliver a happy Thanksgiving for all, through the generosity and goodwill of many.”

“This time of year is a special opportunity for us to give thanks by serving others who are struggling,” said Stuart Harper, CEO and executive director of the Buffalo City Mission. “At the Buffalo City Mission, our annual ‘Turkey Drive’ brings the community together to deliver a hot meal for every neighbor in need. Every donation will make a difference in lifting up the spirits of others.”

Last year, the City Mission fed more than 200 people at its annual Thanksgiving community meal and distributed over 5,000 meals to the poor and homeless on Thanksgiving Day, through its “Turkey Express” program. 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 3 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 to help a neighbor find hope this Thanksgiving, call 716-854-8181, ext. 408, or visit buffalocitymission.org/turkey-express.

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 agency 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 or call 716-854-8181.

Follow the Buffalo City Mission on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloCityMission and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CityMission.

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