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Turkey donations needed now
Salvation Army Turlock running low on Thanksgiving donations
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Salvation Army Turlock volunteer Kelvin Jackson places a Thanksgiving dinner box complete with a turkey into Gina Dominguezs van. The box will feed Ginas family of six this Thanksgiving and she says her family would not have had a Thanksgiving dinner without the generosity of others. Salvation Army is in desperate need of turkeys and Thanksgiving dinner foods. To donate go to the Salvation Army at 893 Lander Ave., in Turlock, or call 667-6091. - photo by JONATHAN MCCORKELL / The Journal


Last Thanksgiving the Turlock Salvation Army gave out just under 400 turkeys and dinner boxes in the three days prior to the holiday. This year the need is expected to increase, however, donations are less than half of last year. As of Monday, the Salvation Army only had 160 turkeys left and not enough Thanksgiving food items to last through the day — let alone Tuesday and Wednesday.

Salvation Army spokesperson Lissette Maunakea said she cannot remember a year that the food closet had to turn away needy people and families — something she fears may happen this year.

“We will give what we can, even if it’s a chicken dinner — but I think if someone wants a turkey on Thanksgiving we should be able to give that to them,” she said.

The food closet is also in need of boxed stuffing, canned yams, boxed potatoes, cereal, eggs and pies.

To donate visit the Salvation Army at 893 Lander Ave., in Turlock, or call 667-6091.

To contact Jonathan McCorkell, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.