Turkeys From Heaven Draws Big Crowds

By: Scottie Hunter Email
By: Scottie Hunter Email

Grabbing turkeys and stirring green bean casserole. That's how several volunteers spent their Sunday morning.

"I got out here at 7 on the nose."

"I'm missing church, you know normally I'd be in church," said Jill Smith.

But these volunteers say what they're doing is worth it.

"I think this is just very very important so it just gives you a good feeling to know that you've helped somebody else," adds Smith.

It's called Turkeys from Heaven, an annual event where local volunteers come together to prepare meals for those who are less fortunate.

"It started out with just a few families and over the years it's grown. This year we're at 800 and almost 60 meals that we're going to provide for families in our area," said Smith.

And this growth is what's most important to Rebecca Marsella. "Turkeys from Heaven started 16 years ago..." That's when her family decided to buy two turkeys and feed a needy family for Christmas; an idea that sparked a movement and now has others willing to lend a hand.

"To me it's wonderful that now there are so many people involved in this that are getting the true meaning of Christmas," said Marsella. The meaning that it's better to give than to receive.

Sacrificing one day may not seem like a lot but filling these bags with things like cranberry sauce and bread is going to mean all the difference to those needy families this holiday season.

"It's just...it's really neat to know that you're helping other families. We're so blessed and so fortunate and there are so many other families in our community that are not so it's just really neat to help others."

Helping others one delivery at a time.

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