DeKALB – Want to help make sure families in need have a turkey dinner of their own this Thanksgiving? The Salvation Army will accept donations of turkeys during “Let’s Talk Turkey,” a daylong live radio broadcast Nov. 17.
WLBK will broadcast from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday from the nonprofit’s local headquarters at 830 Grove St., during which the bird donations will be delivered and discussed on the air.
To qualify to receive a turkey, families must be below the poverty level, which is based on their income and the size of the household. To register, bring proof of address and income to The Salvation Army office between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can find out the same day whether you qualify, and full turkey meals, with all the fixings, will be distributed Nov. 21 and 22.
Gary Billings, who runs The Salvation Army Food Pantry, stressed the importance of both donations coming in and families who register showing up to collect their meals. He said in years past, either people who registered haven’t shown up, or donations have been light. The Salvation Army uses donations to buy the turkeys beyond the 300 or so the public typically donates. On average, 760 turkeys are given out each year, Billings said, although that number has exceeded 850.
Flipping the calendar and looking beyond Thanksgiving, The Salvation Army also is seeking volunteers to walk families in need through the site Dec. 19 and 20, when families will receive toys as part of the Toys for Tots program.
For information on any of The Salvation Army programs, call 815-756-4308.