Drop off a turkey! Donations are down this year.
Volunteers of America host ninth annual turkey drive


Last year, freezers at United Way California Capital Region certified nonprofit partner Volunteers of America had more than 675 turkeys stuffed int their walk-in freezers. Today, just days away until Thanksgiving donations of frozen turkeys are slim. Collection runs until the 24th. 

The turkey drive, which supports the men, women and children in Volunteers of America’s care, seeks to provide the main course for holiday meals at its homeless shelters, transitional-living and permanent-supportive housing programs, as well as at its affordable-housing residences for seniors and families.  

Community donations of fresh and frozen turkeys will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Nov. 1 through Nov. 24, 2011, at Volunteers of America’s Central Kitchen facility at 700 North Fifth St., Sacramento (just north of Richards Boulevard), as well as at its Mather Community Campus kitchen at 3587 Bleckely St., Mather.

“A traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving and Christmas is a treat for our clients, and looked forward to with great anticipation,” said Eric R. Nichols, director of the Volunteers of America Central Kitchen. “Maybe it reminds them of family, or just of a better time in their lives; but for whatever reason, I know they are truly thankful for the sacrifices made to bring it to them.”

As Charles Dickens wrote in his classic novella “A Christmas Carol,” the Christmas holiday season “… is a time, of all others, when want is keenly felt, and abundance rejoices.”

Volunteers of America hopes to ease the gnawing pangs of want among those in need with the generous help of the Sacramento community as it recruits individuals and groups to “adopt” families and individuals, who are hoping their modest Christmas wishes will be granted this yuletide.

Wish lists will be available Nov. 9, with wrapped and tagged gifts due at the Volunteers of America administration office (1900 Point West Way, Suite 270, Sacramento, Calif.) Dec. 9.

The deadline to drop off donations of new gloves, hats, scarves and socks (for men and women, adult sizes – unwrapped), as well as new toys for the young residents of the Volunteers of America Family Shelter, is also Dec. 9.
In addition to in-kind and financial donations, Volunteers of America is currently recruiting volunteers in support of its myriad of holiday campaigns, including wrapping parties. Volunteer opportunities may be found online at volunteersofamerica-sac.org.
Financial contributions for all holiday campaigns may be made online at www.volunteersofamerica-sac.org, by mail, or in person at the Volunteers of America administration office, 1900 Point West Way, Suite 270, Sacramento, CA 95815.
For more information on Volunteers of America’s turkey drive, call (916) 442-3691, go online at www.volunteersofamerica-sac.org, or email Delia Estrada at deliae@voa-sac.org.