HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Salvation Army in Holyoke is facing a crisis. Thanksgiving is just a week away now, and they don’t have a single turkey that has been donated to them. The organization has placed two large boxes outside their building on Appleton Street, hoping good people will come by and make a donation.
Salvation Army volunteer Denise Rodriguez told 22News that they are expecting to give out food to about 300 families between now and Thanksgiving Eve. She said that so far, they have never faced such a shortage of turkeys before.
“I think it would mean the world to have that Thanksgiving meal with the family, once a year in this time of year to come together,” Rodriguez said.
Thanks to a generous private donation, Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry in Chicopee still has a few turkeys to distribute to the people who depend on Lorraine’s for their food. But the few won’t last long.
“We see about 12% of Chicopee’s population. 6,500 families that come through our doors yearly,” said Andrea Marion, director of Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen.
Timothy Seekin and his family are fortunate to have received one of the few remaining turkeys at Lorraine’s Kitchen.
“It feels good that families can have the turkey with all the fixings, provide a good meal for people who are less fortunate,” Seekin said.
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, these agencies count on the generosity of individuals to help provide the means to help those less fortunate families.