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Give Thanksgiving meals through the WTXL Turkey Drive

WTXL Turkey Drive needs you to help give Thanksgiving meals
Posted at 8:30 AM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 05:35:28-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Skip coffee for only two days and you can help many Big Bend families have a Thanksgiving meal.

You can do so by participating in WTXL ABC 27's 4th annual Turkey Drive on Thursday, November 16.

Your frozen turkeys and your cash donations will all go to families in need. Your donations will help spread joy this holiday season to "One More Family" among the one in six people in the Big Bend who wonder about the source of their next meals.

Beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday, just drive up to the curb at Ponce de Leon Park in Downtown Tallahassee, where volunteers will be thrilled to assist you. (We're not collecting canned goods or perishable items.) The drive will run until 6:30 p.m.

Turkeys are affordable, a fact noted by WTXL partner Big Moose of 103.1. WWOF-FM. "You buy a ten-pound turkey, big deal," he said in a recent interview. "It's what, two cups of coffee in the drive through."

"We say it's two Starbucks coffees," another WTXL partner, Sarah Cooksey with the Pink Heals Chapter in Tallahassee, agreed with Big Moose. "If you can give up your Starbucks addiction for two days they will feed 32 people."

Cooksey and Pink Heals pink fire-truck will be at the drive, not to fill up the inside of a truck but to fill the outside with signatures for families affected by terminal illness.

"... If anyone has been affected by something terminal, in honor or memory of a loved one, feel free to come see me and you can sign the truck," she said.

WTXL will broadcast live and online from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WTXL's partners in the charity drive include America's Second Harvest. They'll collect the turkeys in their truck, hold them in their freezer, and distribute them to their nearly 130 partner agencies.

In 2016, the WTXL Turkey Drive raised nearly $17,500 for the families in need of a Thanksgiving meal. The drive's 2017 goal is to feed at least one more family.

Other WTXL partners are Legacy Toyota, the City of Tallahassee Police Department and the Tallahassee Downtown Authority.

You can listen to Cooksey's full interview with Big Moose of 103.1. WWOF-FM below:

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