Thanksgiving coalition to give away 500 turkeys to local families

Thanksgiving coalition to give away 500 turkeys to local families
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By Kathy Chouteau

A coalition of local altruists are getting ready to give away 500 turkeys leading up to Thanksgiving. The Black Neighborhood (TBN) is partnering with the Richmond Police Activities League (PAL), Prospect Sierra School and Richmond Revolution for the organization’s “5th Annual TBN Turkey Drive.”

Up to 500 local families can sign up for a free food bag stocked with turkey, canned goods and other items via TBN’s website or in-person at Richmond PAL and then can pick up the bags during designated time slots Sun., Nov. 22 between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Richmond PAL, 2200 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond.

Organizers ask that families only sign up for one turkey per family and wear masks when picking up their bags.

The organization is on the lookout for 30 volunteers to help fill the bags Sat., Nov. 21 at Richmond PAL between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as 15 for the following day between 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help distribute the food bags to families.

According to Brandon Evans of Richmond PAL, Prospect Sierra is providing the turkeys and Richmond PAL is donating use of its space, as well as collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items as part of the effort. Financial donations to support the Turkey Drive are also welcomed.

TBN, is an organization founded by Richmond and Oakland men that’s dedicated to offering youth mentorship, free monthly grocery giveaways for families and social gatherings for young adults to help create the change they want to see within the black community. Learn more about the organization here and the Turkey Drive here.