Turkeys still needed for holiday meals

By Beau Ebenezer

November 16, 2013 Updated Nov 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Feeding the hungry is something Bloomington resident, Dawn Goldman does every holiday.

But she said, giving "this much" was only possible thanks to her husband winning a cash-drawing of $100.

"He told me if he won, this is what he planned to do," said Goldman. "He didn't even really know he was going to win. So I guess it turned out to be a miracle."

That miracle allowed Goldman to purchase six turkeys along with various fixings, which is enough to feed more than 30 people.

But that was just a portion of what was achieved Saturday at Home Sweet Home Ministries Give Thanks 2013.

100 turkeys were collected altogether, bringing the organization's total to 600.

But they are still 1,000 turkeys short of what's needed.

"It never really surprises me that our citizens and our neighbors respond to the challenge for those who are in need," said Home Sweet Home Ministries Development and Community Relations Manager, Matt Drat. "My expectation is that they will do so again. But what I am asking people to do is not to wait. Make your donation today."

There's still time to support the cause.

Drop-boxes for non-perishable food are set-up throughout the community for the final week of the campaign.

Turkeys will be accepted up until Thanksgiving day.

"I think that part of what Thanksgiving is about is giving thanks," said Goldman. "I want to make sure than everyone in our community has something to be thankful for."

You can visit givethanks2013.org to find out where and when you can help out.

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