November 29th, 2017
The holidays are near and we are busy gearing up for Turkey Drive – our holiday food-raising campaign in partnership with Loblaws. Turkey Drive helps us meet our agency requests for healthy protein, one of the most difficult types of food for Second Harvest to acquire.
On the first two weekends of December (Saturday and Sunday 2-3 and 9-10), you can visit one of these Loblaws locations in Toronto and purchase turkeys that will be donated to people in need. Our goal this year is to raise 5,000 turkeys that will be distributed to social service agencies and families across the city, providing over 30,000 warm and festive meals for those who may not otherwise be able to enjoy one this holiday season.
One of our recipient agencies, the LA Centre for Active Living, recently shared the story of a client that so vividly illustrates the impact our annual Turkey Drive has in our community.
Bill is a volunteer and member at LA Centre for Active Living. For many years, he worked as a self-employed tractor trailer driver, but at the age of 49, he suffered a debilitating stroke that left him unable to continue working. Now in his 70’s, Bill is living on minimal disability payments and a fixed income that does not allow for much more than his most basic needs, and even those are often stretched.
Last December, with the support of our annual Turkey Drive, the LA Centre was able to cook and host a hot Christmas dinner for their members with all the fixings. Over 300 seniors in need were able to experience a sense of belonging and community while digging into a warm meal. Bill was one of those seniors and when asked what he was most thankful for, he said Second Harvest, because for the first time in over 25 years, he had been able to enjoy a delicious turkey dinner.
We need your support to ensure that Bill, who is already looking forward to this year’s feast, and thousands of others just like him, can have access to nourishing food this holiday season. Please join us as we work to raise 5,000 turkeys!
For more information about Turkey Drive and a list of store locations, please click here.
Thank you for helping us fight hunger this holiday season!