Norwich Salvation Army needs more turkeys

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — The season of giving is upon us and one group dedicated to helping those in need is now in need of some help itself.

The Salvation Army in Norwich needs about 40 turkeys for the Thanksgiving meal baskets it provides families in the city, as well as, those from Griswold and Preston.

Lt. Cheryl McCollum, commander of the Norwich Salvation Army, tells News 8 she requested 150 turkeys from the agency’s distributor and received 70.

She has money to buy more turkeys and says people have offered to donate others, but she will need dozens more for the more than 120 families who depend on the donated meals.

“It takes a lot to even request,” said Lt. McCollum. “So if they have the strength to come in to request we want to make sure that we’re filling those requests.”

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Lt. McCollum says she is getting calls every day from more families who had missed the registration deadline but were hoping for some holiday help.

She’s not the only one in need of more holiday birds.

St. Vincent de Paul Place will serve hot turkey dinners on Thanksgiving but it also needs to supply 426 families with what they need to make their own meals.

“Unfortunately we’re about a hundred turkeys shy of that,” said Jillian Corbin, Director of St. Vincent de Paul Place.

One freezer is almost half full but there are three others which are completely empty.

When asked what will happen if she doesn’t get enough turkeys Corbin said. “We will. We have faith. The community is just overwhelmingly generous.”

Those who help others have faith others will help them even during tough times.

“Giving makes it all better. Even in the struggle because if you help one that person that receives the help well they’ll help someone else,” said Lt. McCollum.

Individuals will not receive turkeys. But can select holiday food and possibly leftover turkeys or chickens from the food pantry.

If either pantry gets more turkeys than they need, they’ll just keep them frozen and save them for their Christmas meals.

If you would like to donate turkeys you can bring them to the Salvation Army at 169 Franklin St. in Norwich or call the office at (860) 889-2329.

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