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Turkey Donations

Turkey Donations

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It's an annual event that is key for dozens of families in our region that are less fortunate.

Again this year, the Souris River Basin Longbeards teamed up with Community Action to supply a Christmas feast with all the fixings...totally free of charge to the family of course.

This morning, that meal was being boxed up, getting ready for delivery.

Perry Olson was there.

It's a yearly ritual here at Marketplace Foods, the early morning packing up of a Christmas meal.

The Souris River Basin Longbeards have spent another year raising funds for turkeys...and they were packed up today.

(Percy Ottmar, Souris River Basin Longbeards) "Last year we broke the 600 mark for giving away frozen turkeys and this year it is going to be 600 again."

75 of them are headed out as a part of these baskets...headed to those families helped by Community Action.

(Willy Soderholm, Community Action) "There is a lot of need this year with the number of clients that we have is up and everything."

Problem is, funding for this has dropped a bit.

Soderholm is thankful for the Longbeards and their turkey donations, however the rest of the basket is filled thanks to financial donations throughout the year to Community Action, and that dropped off in 2013.

(Willy Soderholm, Community Action) "When somebody provides a donation they tell us whether they want it to go toward food or gifts and that is where we put the money. I can tell you that we have really been getting a lot for the gifts, but our food dollar donations have been down a little bit."

Still, enough funding was there for the same number of baskets this year compared to last, and there was certainly no shortage of manpower to get the work done.

(Ryan Dickelman, Souris River Basin Longbeards) "I like to try and get our younger guys involved. Some of the guys like that are behind us here. They are coming up in the ranks and the military likes to see us volunteering and we figure we should do something that we like rather than just doing something for the fact of doing it."

It was quick work, and work that will fill a table that perhaps wouldn't have been filled without it.

In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.

Community Action started work right away today on getting the baskets full of food delivered to families in the most need.

Community Action helps to distribute the other 500 or so turkeys around the region.

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