Salvation Army only has 1 turkey for Thanksgiving distribution

Organization needs turkeys to meet demand

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Many families in need  have to depend on donated turkeys for their Thanksgiving meal. But donations are lagging at food pantries across western Massachusetts.

Just one week before Thanksgiving, agencies like the Holyoke Salvation Army don’t know how they’ll supply holiday turkeys to the people they serve. “We have one turkey,” Salvation Army volunteer Cindy Rodriguez told 22News. “We’re hoping that people come in to help us out so we can give turkeys to families. Thanksgiving is just around the corner.”

One year ago, 22News appealed for donated turkeys resulting in the gift of some 200 birds from various sources for Salvation Army families.

Holyoke resident Vicente Nieves fears his food basket will not contain a turkey once again this year. ” I never had a turkey,” he said. “It would be so nice you know, to see a turkey on our table.”

If you would like to help out, you can drop-off your donations at the Salvation Army at 271 Appleton Street in Holyoke.