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Turkey Drive 2019: History of WTXL's Turkey Drive

Posted: 9:03 AM, Nov 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-05 09:29:13-05
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - — The WTXL Turkey Drive is coming up and this is the 6th year. Last year we collected more than 440 turkeys and $23,000. But what exactly is the Turkey Drive, and how can you help? 

What began as an event to feed those less fortunate has turned into the largest fundraiser for America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend. 

In 2014, WTXL ABC 27 launched the inaugural "WTXL Turkey Drive". The goal? To collect turkeys and money. The purpose? To ensure those in the big bend don't go hungry over Thanksgiving.

How? By calling on you to pick up an extra turkey at the store while buying yours, and allowing you to literally 'drive thru' and drop it off. 

The first year we collected 253 turkeys and $3,620 in cash. As you can see, each year since, has had a leg up over the previous year. This year, our 6th year, we want it to be the best one yet. 

Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks for what we have, and this year, it's more important than ever that we work together to "be the difference." 

Mark your calendars, the 2019 WTXL Turkey Drive is on Thursday, November 14. That's two weeks before Thanksgiving, a perfect time to "be the difference" for our community.