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Turkey donation shortage threatens generous giving season

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With less than two weeks before Thanksgiving, those in need may be under served if turkey donations don’t rapidly pick up.


“These are the turkeys that have come in so far, so we've received about 37 turkeys,” said Rochelle Blaschke Schlortt, spokesperson of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado as she lifted open the door to their freezer. “Which is slow, usually we're sitting at a couple hundred turkeys that have come in our door before we hit our main stuff the bird event."

Typically, Catholic Charities, Care and Share and Springs Rescue Mission have collected around 1000 turkeys, but that number stands at around 500 today.

“For these families, that turkey is a huge source of protein and so there's going to be leftovers, so it's going to be a multiple day source of protein, so this is a really impactful time of the year,” said Schlortt.

Charities around central Colorado are looking for more donations to make sure that the nearly 3000 people that have reported needing help with food, get the help they need.

“It's just a slow start, we are seeing those turkey's coming much slower which gives us a little pause in terms of are we going to be able to be at goal by Friday,” said Schlortt.

Schlortt said the Colorado Springs community is generally very generous around the holidays and they’re hoping the same can be said for this year.

If you would like to donate a turkey to Catholic Charities, you can drop that off at their downtown office.

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