The Realtors Association of Lloydminster and District dropped off another generous donation of turkeys to the Salvation Army Food Bank this year. On Tuesday, representatives unloaded 125 birds that will go in hampers for local families in need this Christmas.
“Ultimately, I think the Salvation Army, they provide for so many families locally and I just think it’s something awesome that we can be a part of to give back to our community as well,” said Jennifer Gilbert, president of the Realtors Association of Lloydminster and District.
The Realtors Association have been donating turkeys to the Salvation Army for over 25 years now, along with other Christmas projects like their annual Gift of Christmas gift drive and bell ringing for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign which took place on Dec. 3.
“We do Gift of Christmas, we do the bell ringing for the Salvation Army, so we take a day where all the Realtors will go out and ring the bells to do a collection as well,” said Gilbert.
The Realtors Association of Lloydminster and District also encompasses Vermilion and Wainwright, who also do Christmas projects each year.
“Wainwright and Vermillion, they do their own things,” said Gilbert.
“So, I believe one of them does a food bank donation and they do $500 in each community.”
Shannon Weinberger, a community services worker with the Salvation Army, said the hampers will be going out on Dec. 19, so families can pick them up, go home and relax knowing they have Christmas dinner covered.
“The turkeys are a huge blessing every year,” said Weinberger. “The Realtors Association are what give us our turkeys for every hamper in town.”