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Alameda Food Bank holds turkey drive

Submitted by on 1, November 9, 2009 – 6:00 amNo Comment

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Roast turkey, savory stuffing and thick gravy, mashed potatoes, fluffy dinner rolls, sweet cranberry sauce and a spiced pumpkin pie for dessert – plus any other traditional trimmings you savor every year. The scent of the turkey roasting is a memory I have from childhood and there is nothing like it any other time of year.

But what if you couldn’t have that?

Thanksgiving is coming, and it is just three weeks away. At the Alameda Food Bank, we have been serving more hungry Alameda families than ever in our 32-year history – your neighbors, your children’s playmates, your former coworkers who have been laid off. They are wondering how they will celebrate the holidays this year, without a job, without a grocery budget, and without a turkey.

We need just 700 frozen turkeys to give your fellow Alamedans a Thanksgiving Day on which they can also be grateful and well-fed, just like you. Many local grocery stores are sponsoring a “buy-one-get-one-free” turkey promotion this year. If you get a free frozen turkey at any time this holiday season, won’t you please consider giving it to the Alameda Food Bank? You will be sharing from your bounty, and making the difference between have and have-not on this special holiday.

And even if you don’t get a free turkey through some store promotion, take advantage of the sales if you can afford to and buy a couple of extra frozen turkeys. A few dollars for you at the checkout counter will make all the difference to a hungry family of children, parents and grandparents here in Alameda.

Your generosity will build holiday memories for countless children, and will save the day for these hungry families. Share your own abundance, celebrate the meaning of the word “thanksgiving,” and give from your heart in these next few weeks. 700 frozen turkeys is what our neighbors need. Please show me that we can do this together. Thank you, Alamedans. Your selfless act will make Thanksgiving even more special this year. For information about where to drop off frozen turkeys, call us at (510) 523-5850, or visit our Web site at www.alamedafoodbank.org.

Paul Russell,
Executive Director, Alameda Food Bank

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