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Nov 16, 2009 10:34 PM by Andy Koen

Area charities in need of turkeys

With a little less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, several local charities are in need of turkey donations to help feed families in our community.

For example, you won't find many turkeys inside the freezer at the Springs Rescue Mission. Director of Programs Lyn Harwell says during the last year the charity has seen a 35 percent increase in the number of families they serve.

"There's a lot of people in need this year in Colorado Springs and we need turkeys," Harwell said.
The Care and Share food bank has seen a similar increases in demand among it's 400 plus partner agencies. 

"We're anticipating increased demand and we did increase our food distribution last year by 23 percent" spokesperson Lisa Amend said.

Donations have been steady to Care and Share, but Amend says the worry is that there simply won't be enough turkeys to go around.

"There's a lot of grocery stores there's a lot of different partner agencies around town that are selling their turkeys cheaper, they've got deals going on right now, this would be a great time to go out and pick up that turkey and bring it in."

The Care and Share "Take a Turkey to Work" drive takes place this Friday.

Donations can be dropped off in person at the warehouse at 2605 Preamble Point near Constitution and Powers, at their Pueblo warehouse at 100 Greenhorn Dr. #132.

The Springs Rescue Mission is also accepting donations weekdays and on Saturday mornings at 5 W. Las Vegas St.

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