WTXL Turkey Drive: Westminster Gardens

Posted at 6:33 PM, Nov 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-18 14:13:38-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--We're now just one day away from the WTXL Turkey Drive.

We've been highlighting several groups that will receive those turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving.

"I love it," said Shirley Ellis. "I just wish I'd decided sooner to come here. I've met people I've never would've met."

To 84-year old Shirley Ellis, Westminster Gardens is a special place to call home, and it truly lives up to its name.

"You can see outside," said Ellis. "We are very proud of it (the garden) because we have some very hard workers that have made the garden club."

There's also art, scrap-booking, everything to keep you busy.

"This is a lovely place to live," said Ann Foster. "We have bus service to grocery stores. We have a lot of activities. The grounds are beautiful. We have a lot of support from the personnel."

Westminster Gardens also counts on the community to meet needs.

Fred Hansli who is the president of the resident council says Second Harvest brings in food on Tuesdays. It's mostly twice a month.

At the gardens they call it "Bread Day." He says over the years, he's watched people change their eating habits.

"It's amazing," said Hansli. "People are now saying, 'are there any salads here? Do you have any vegetables?' So, it's changed us as a community as far as food consumption is concerned."

With your help, the residents at Westminster will have plenty of turkey on their plates like last year.

"Everyone got one who wanted one," said Hansli. "And again smiles in the community during Thanksgiving is amazing."

The turkey drive kicks off Thursday morning at Ponce de Leon Park.

WTXL will be broadcasting live starting with our Sunrise show. We will collect turkeys all day long with broadcasts throughout the day and of course live on our evening broadcasts. 

You can give a frozen turkey or a cash donation.

It all benefits the Second Harvest of the Big Bend. Then that food bank will distribute the turkeys to the organizations like Westminster Gardens.