Ed­ward Jones as­so­ciates do­nate equiv­a­lent of 130 tur­keys to drive

949 more tur­keys needed in six days

Manteca Bulletin - - Local / State -

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.

Photo con­trib­uted

Ed­wards Jones fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sors and as­so­ciates pose with some of the tur­keys they do­nated to the Tur­keys R Us Drive.

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