Edward Jones associates donate equivalent of 130 turkeys to drive
949 more turkeys needed in six days
Edward Jones financial advisors and other associates have stepped up to help make sure struggling families don’t go without a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
The firm that specializing in helping families and individuals manage their wealth donated $1,300 and 43 frozen turkeys during a district level gathering. Once turkeys are purchased with the cash, Edwards Jones will have made it possible for 130 struggling families in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop to have a turkey meal on their table this Thanksgiving.
Edwards Jones personnel also volunteered to help assist at the Second Harvest Food Bank.
The Edward Jones donation is in addition to the $1,456 and 18 turkeys the rest of the community donated on Tuesday. That brings the total donated so far to $$9,656. The money will buy 644 turkeys at $15 apiece. Added to the 107 frozen turkeys that have been donated so far, the effort has now collected 751 turkeys.
As of today — with six days to go before turkeys need to be delivered to food closets for distribution to families in time for Thanksgiving — the effort is 949 short of the 1,700 turkeys needed.
To help Turkeys R Us the Manteca Firefighters Local 1874 will collect turkey donations on Sunday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the Safeway store on South Main Street. Two Little Leagues — Northgate and Spreckels Park — are also conducting turkey drives on Nov. 19.
The 1,700 turkey goal includes 200 turkeys needed for the Manteca Rotary Club’s free community Thanksgiving meal at Mt. Mike’s Pizza at Louise Avenue and North Main Street that typically serves more than 1,400 meals. Besides serving meals on site, others are delivered to shut-ins in the three communities as well as free gatherings in Ripon and Lathrop as well.
Second Harvest Food Bank spokesperson Jessica Vaughn said the majority asking for help this Thanksgiving are the working poor, retired people on fixed income who are seeing health care costs and other expenses eat up their pensions, and people caught in unexpected emergencies such as losing their home in a fire or major medical costs not covered by insurance.
The request for help from such households that often don’t ask food closets for help goes up during the holidays due to increased heating costs and other expense plus the fact jobs that involve seasonal work tied into construction and agriculture slow down just as Thanksgiving hits.
Frozen turkeys can be dropped off at Second Harvest Food Bank at 704 E. Industrial Park Drive in Manteca Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monetary donations can be made online at www.localfoodbank.org or dropped off or mailed to Second Harvest; Coldwell Banker Crossroads Real Estate, 250 Cherry Lane, Suite 105, Manteca, or Beacon Realty 211 E. Center St., Manteca.
If you have questions contact the food bank at 239.2091, McNabb at 815.6754, or Housden at 823-8141.
Edwards Jones financial advisors and associates pose with some of the turkeys they donated to the Turkeys R Us Drive.