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Food pantry recieves donation of Thanksgiving turkeys

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Members of the Wabash Valley Limbhangers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation donated 40 frozen turkeys to the Clay County Emergency Food Panty. Those helping include (from left) Jessie Timberman, Mirian Cookies, Richard Pippin, Barry Shaw, Curt Pendergast, Bob Weil, Pat Hardman and Saundra Newport, and in the (front, from left) Becky Shaw and Matt Underwood. [Order this photo]
On Monday afternoon, a truckload of frozen turkeys was dropped off at the Clay County Emergency Food Pantry, filling the pantry's fridge and the worker's hearts.

The Wabash Valley Limbhangers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation donated frozen turkeys to the food pantry.

"We raised money to be able to purchase the turkeys," Becky Shaw said, a member of the NWTF. "We got the turkeys through Kroger at cost."

Pat Hardman, a representative from Kroger, was on-hand to help unload the turkeys.

"This is a very, very worthy cause" Hardman said. "We're glad to able to do this, especially this time of year."

The food pantry wasn't the only stop of the day for the Limbhanger chapter. Members also provided turkeys to the Clay City High School club Leading is Serving.

"Ten turkeys go to the Clay County High School and 40 turkeys go to the mission," Barry Shaw said, a representative from the NWTF.

The turkey donation comes just in time for Thanksgiving at the food pantry.

"It is so special for the clients because they could not afford a turkey otherwise and so that makes it very special," Ruth Sciotto a worker at the emergency food pantry, said.

The food pantry fills approximately 350 orders in a month; Sciotto said that number will increase with the upcoming holidays.

"We filled 32 order just this morning," Sciotto said.

Sciotto said Monday's contribution has helped a great deal, but the food pantry is still in need of any and all food donations.

Anyone wanting to make a donation can drop it off at food pantry between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon.

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