This one's for the birds

By Geoff Lee

December 10, 2015 11:23 AM

The Realtors Association of Lloydminster and District donated 150 turkeys to the Salvation Army Food Bank Tuesday for Christmas hampers. Realtor Association members from Wainwright and Vermilion also donated to food banks and Santa's Anonymous programs in those communities.

The Realtors Association of Lloydminster and District has found homes for each of the 150 charity Christmas turkeys they purchased for $1,500.
Members of the association delivered their birds to the Salvation Army Church food bank Tuesday to help make up Christmas meal hampers for 300 needy families.
“We’re very pleased,” said Major Lisa O’ Doherty, the church pastor.
“It really helps us out, each year they bring us turkeys to help us out.”
Turkeys go to needy families in the community. The turkeys were purchased locally at Sobeys this year from annual realtor membership dues.
“We also make a monetary donation to both the Wainwright and Vermilion food banks because they are part of our real estate board as well,” said Mike Dewing president of the realtors’ association.
This year, the seven local real estate companies in the Lloydminster area contributed an extra $250 to buy 25 to 30 more turkeys than 2014 as the downturn in the economy puts more families on the charity list.
“We knew there would be more demand on the food bank this year, so we wanted to increase the amount,” said Dewing.
Dewing noted the Salvation Army distributes the turkeys through their Christmas food hampers so people in need of a nice warm meal can apply to the food bank for a hamper.
“They get everything in a hamper to make a Christmas meal for them and their families,” he said.
Monday is the deadline to donate food for the Christmas hampers with a few outstanding food items in demand to complete them all.
“We are still needing stovetop stuffing, cranberry sauce and canned vegetables and soups,” said Shannon Weinberger Salvation Army’s community services worker.
Items can be dropped off at the food bank located at 2302-53 Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1-3 p.m.
The realtors association has been participating in the turkey drive for several years along with two other annual Christmas projects. 
The association delivered two carloads of toys on Monday to the Lloyd FM Gift of Christmas campaign. Members also took turns ringing the bells for the Salvation Army’s Kettle campaign at four grocery store locations in the city Dec. 2.

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