More than 100 turkeys do­nated to food bank

Penticton Herald - - OKANAGAN - By AN­DREA PEA­COCK

More than 100 fam­i­lies in the Cen­tral Okana­gan will have turkeys to cook for Christ­mas din­ner this year thanks to a do­na­tion by the Kelowna Club and Safe­way Canada.

Club mem­bers de­liv­ered 101 turkeys to the Cen­tral Okana­gan Com­mu­nity Food Bank Thurs­day morn­ing.

“We un­der­stand there’s a need in the com­mu­nity,” said Kit Kel­len­donk, trea­surer of the Kelowna Club. “We think the food bank does a great job, and we’re very pleased to be able to do it and help them out each and ev­ery year.”

The club has been part­ner­ing with Safe­way to de­liver turkeys to the food bank for about five years.

This is one of sev­eral ways the club, which was founded in 1904, sup­ports the com­mu­nity, said Kel­len­donk.

“It’s ab­so­lutely our deep­est plea­sure to be able to do this each and ev­ery year.”

David Pur­don, op­er­a­tions man­ager with the food bank, hap­pily re­ceived all 101 turkeys, which were loaded into the Kelowna ware­house. “We’re elated to re­ceive this,” he said. Lo­cal fam­i­lies will re­ceive the turkeys as part of Christ­mas ham­pers be­ing put to­gether by the food bank Dec. 17-21.

“We’re go­ing to do be­tween 1,500 and 1,700 ham­pers here in Kelowna and West Kelowna,” said Pur­don. “This is go­ing to make the dif­fer­ence be­tween a sad Christ­mas din­ner and a fan­tas­tic Christ­mas din­ner for fam­i­lies.”

AN­DREA PEA­COCK/The Okana­gan Week­end

From left, Rick Mus­sel­lam, di­rec­tor of the Kelowna Club, Kit Kel­len­donk, trea­surer of the Kelowna Club, and Richard Ja­cob­sen, man­ager of the Kelowna Club, hold three of the 101 turkeys the club, along with Safe­way Canada, do­nated to the Cen­tral Okana­gan Com­mu­nity Food Bank this week.

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