Hol­i­day Tur­key Drive Aims To Fill Area Need

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Plan your hol­i­day shop­ping and pur­chase an ex­tra tur­key, then visit the tur­key and food drive at Galaxy The­atre and Les Schwab Tires on Pat­ter­son Road this Satur­day, Nov. 18. Vol­un­teers in­clud­ing stu­dents from Car­dozo Mid­dle School will be col­lect­ing tur­keys and other non-per­ish­able food do­na­tions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you don’t have time to shop, vol­un­teers will also take cash do­na­tions at the tur­key drive and do the shop­ping for you. The food drive kicks off this week­end and runs for the next sev­eral weeks.

“We ex­pect to feed 250 to 300 fam­i­lies dur­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion and will once again be de­liv­er­ing to dis­abled and se­niors who regis­ter for home de­liv­ery,” stated Carla Strong, River­bank Cares Pres­i­dent. “This will be the eighth year that I’ve been in­volved in this project. River­bank Chris­tian Food Shar­ing and St. Vin­cent de Paul have both been work­ing over 30 years to feed the needy in the com­mu­nity.”

The food drive will con­tinue through Thurs­day, Dec. 21 with the dis­tri­bu­tion tak­ing place Fri­day, Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the city’s Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

Drop off lo­ca­tions for non-per­ish­able food are lo­cated at: City of River­bank, Wes­tamer­ica Bank, and O’Brien’s Mar­ket in River­bank. Or­ga­niz­ers have made it as easy as pos­si­ble for you to help those less for­tu­nate in the com­mu­nity; pur­chase a few ex­tra gro­ceries or do­nate a few dol­lars and help fight hunger.

This event is or­ga­nized by the River­bank Cares Or­ga­ni­za­tion in co­op­er­a­tion with River­bank Chris- tian Food Shar­ing, St Vin­cent DePaul, and Ro­tary Club of River­bank.

Also, the River­bank Ro­tary and River­bank Chris­tian Food Shar­ing are planning an in­au­gu­ral Thanks­giv­ing Feed the Home­less event, slated for Wed­nes­day, Nov. 22.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, to do­nate, or if you or some­one you know is in need this hol­i­day sea­son, con­tact the City of River­bank at 209-863-7153 or River­bank Chris­tian Food Shar­ing at 209-480-6548.

“We all know how our fam­i­lies, friends and neigh­bors are strug­gling to make ends meet,” ex­pressed Strong.

“Em­bar­rass­ing one’s self by dress­ing as a tur­key is a small price to pay if we are able to en­cour­age the spirit of car­ing that the peo­ple of River­bank have for each other.

“Or­ga­niz­ers of the River­bank Cares hope that you will find a way to help ease the want that will be felt by so many this hol­i­day sea­son.”

VIR­GINIA STILL/THE NEWS

Scott McRitchie and Carla Strong have been ac­tive in the River­bank com­mu­nity for many years vol­un­teer­ing and help­ing those in need. Do­nate a tur­key, non-per­ish­able food, or cash at the an­nual Tur­key Drive on Pat­ter­son Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 18.

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