BLOOMFIELD — On this Thanksgiving Day, more than 20,000 low-income families will be thankful.
Thanks to a “monumental last-minute surge” that helped to put the campaign efforts of Foodshare and its volunteers over its mark. The turkey drive aimed to collect 20,000 turkeys to feed families in need.
As of Wednesday morning, Foodshare was still more than 2,000 turkeys shy of the 20,000 goal, and the organization was contemplating the need to turn away clients who had requested a turkey, organizers said.
But during the last four hours of its donation drive, people flooded Foodshare’s Bloomfield facility donating every last turkey.
That included people who had donated earlier, heard that the campaign was coming up short, and went out to buy still more turkeys, organizers said. Office coworkers pooled their money, friends got together, and even the press that came to cover the story stopped and bought turkeys on the way to Foodshare.
“The generosity of the people of greater Hartford is truly remarkable,” says Foodshare President Gloria McAdam. “But it was close. Historically, Monday has been our busiest day, often meeting our goal that same evening. But this year the parking lot was quiet, until today. That’s never happened. And while we’re enormously grateful it did finally happen, we were nervous.”
To help offset such last-minute drama, Lincoln Financial has generously donated $30,000 to help launch Foodshare’s Turkey Club—a new, recurring gift program through which people can donate money for a turkey and thirty each month. This lets people make a larger contribution while spreading the expense over time. It also allows Foodshare to have a stockpile of turkeys ahead of time.
For more information on how you can contribute toward Foodshare’s Turkey Club, money to fund Foodshare’s hunger work throughout the year, go online at www.foodshare.org.