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CUMBERLAND, GLOUCESTER, and ATLANTIC COUNTIES - For the seventh year, “Project Thanksgiving” is asking for help to provide holiday meals for those who can’t afford one.
In its first year alone, the group collected 300 turkeys with the help of businesses and residents in Cumberland County and just last year the number jumped to 1,000.
“It all started with someone saying they don’t have the money," said Stephen Plevins, Co-Founder of Project Thanksgiving. "A friend of ours came over here to sign up for a turkey and they said I’m sorry we just aren’t going to get any this year.”
With that being said, “Project Thanksgiving” was born. They team up with local Salvation Army’s and the Food Bank of South Jersey to provide frozen turkeys to people in Cumberland, Gloucester, and parts of Atlantic counties.
“This particular program is tremendous, we help so many people," said Plevins.
500 families are signed up at just the Vineland Salvation Army. They’re hoping to collect at least 1,000 turkeys to guarantee everyone goes home with a bird to roast. Those involved say giving away these turkeys makes their holiday even better.
“I feel when I go to the table to eat with my family," said Major Miguel Barriera, Vineland Salvation Army. "I think it feels good because I did my part today and ready to eat my food because I know I put it on the table for somebody.”
Donations will be accepted on Saturday November 21st from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and handed out to the families the week of Thanksgiving.
“I hope everybody comes out and give something," said Plevins. "Even if it’s just $1 you know it means a turkey.”
For more information on how you can help, visit the Cumberland Mall on 3849 South Delsea Drive in Vineland this Saturday or every night next week. Project Thanksgiving will be there with more information until the drop off date on Saturday, November 21st.
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