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‘Turkey Give-a-Way’ outfits SWFL families with Thanksgiving staples

Thanksgiving Turkey Give-a-Way

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, Harry Chapin Food Bank and dozens of volunteers distributed turkeys, side dishes and hurricane relief supplies to more than 400 Southwest Florida families in advance of Thanksgiving.

Held Nov. 19 at Boys & Girls Clubs’ new Park Meadows Community Club in Fort Myers, recipients at the Turkey Give-a-Way snaked through the parking lot and received frozen turkeys, stuffing, cake mix, macaroni and cheese, fresh cucumbers and oranges, canned fruit, pancake mix, soup, canned ham, water, peanut butter, cereal and snack foods. Additionally, families received children’s shoes and books, blankets, tarps, hygiene products and other hurricane relief supplies.

Nearly 60 volunteers from the Boston Red Sox, Hertz Corporation, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and other organizations helped distribute items.

“We’re so appreciative of the partnership with Harry Chapin Food Bank and all of our volunteers to pull off our inaugural Turkey Give-a-Way,” said Denise Gergley, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County. “So many families are struggling right now, and it’s gratifying to help create a perfect Thanksgiving dinner for those who need a lift this holiday season.”

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County

Established in 1974, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County serve children and teens through school-based, neighborhood and community club locations. The nonprofit’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. After-school and summer programs focus on five core areas: education and career, service and leadership, health and wellness, the arts, and sports and recreation. For more information, please visit BGClee.org or call 239-334-1886.

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