Once without any turkeys, donors provide dozens to Salvation Army

About 50 deserving families will receive birds

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Just a week ago, volunteers with the Salvation Army in Holyoke were worried because they had no turkeys to distribute to families in need. Things were a lot different on Wednesday, however, after dozens of turkeys had been donated.

22News put out a call for donations last week, and people have responded- the organization has received about 50 turkeys. Deserving local families who otherwise would not have been able to have a turkey on their Thanksgiving table will be able to enjoy a traditional meal.

“It’s great- we didn’t have a turkey, it’s like 30 dollars, I couldn’t afford one, It’s great, thank God,” Virginia Maynard of Holyoke said.

As families waited their turn, the were hoping the limited supply of turkeys wouldn’t run out.

“I feel happy, grateful, and I will be feeding my kids,” mother of five Carmen Santos said.

Salvation Army Volunteer Denise Rodriguez told 22News that the response from the public has been excellent.

“They even came from Boston- we went to Boston to pick up the turkeys. They had about 15 turkeys, and the community brought three, four, five… So It’s been really good,” Rodriguez said.

One Holyoke family really got into the spirit of giving; donating some 22 turkeys to the Holyoke Salvation Army.

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