2,000 Turkeys campaign kicks off


With the holidays approaching, it’s a bad time of year to be a turkey, and this bird seems to be heading for a safe hiding place. But it’s a great time of year to help the less fortunate by donating to 2,000 Turkeys.

I ran across an article of iconic Thanksgiving television episodes the other day and, not surprisingly, topping the list is WKRP in Cincinnati’s “Turkeys Away” episode.

In the episode, radio newsman Les Nessman, played by the late Richard Sanders, narrates a turkey drop that goes awry – you should re-watch the show – and utters the classic line, “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

I want to assure you that the 2,000 Turkeys campaign is not like that.

Yes, the campaign involves a radio station, WJPA Radio, and turkeys. But the similarities end there.

2,000 Turkeys is an annual grassroots effort to provide Thanksgiving dinner for Washington County families in need. It has grown into the single largest fundraiser for Greater Washington County Food Bank.

To date, thanks to the generosity of individuals, businesses, organizations and groups, the campaign has raised more than $19,000. Every donation, small and large, is appreciated and gets us closer to reaching our goal of raising $100,000 for the food bank.

The food bank is able to provide a turkey and traditional Thanksgiving side dishes (including a crop of potatoes grown and donated by Trinity Area School District, fresh apples from Simmons Farm and peppers and onions from Duda’s Market) and desserts.

Connie Burd, executive director of the food bank, said the nonprofit also sends boxes of food, including turkeys and hams, to school districts and after-school programs, and other nonprofit agencies who help distribute the food.

This year, the turkeys will be distributed in mid-November at three locations, and the fixings will be distributed at the food bank pantries.

Less than a month remains until Thanksgiving. Your donations will help make another family’s Thanksgiving a happy holiday, and we thank you for that. Please help us reach our goal.

Please mail contributions to 2000 Turkeys, P.O. Box 2000, Washington, Pa., 15301. Or, drop off a donation to WJPA Radio or the Observer-Reporter.

Thank you to the following for their generous donation:

Therese Moore, $30

Clyde Hood Jr. and Joyce Hood, $50

Robert W. Mary and Susan Crumrine, $25

Ronald and Marjorie King, $100

Richard Dotts and Adrienne Guelker, $20

Martha Klinedinst, $50

Marilyn Taylor, $20

D. Thomas and Rosemary Emery, $25

Christine Campbell, in memory of Keith A. Campbell, $20

Joan Holbert, in memory of husband James L. Holbert, $50

Bentworth Education Assocation, $250

Lagonda Homemakers, $50

Richard A. and Barbara Ginther, $100

John and Linda Fetchen, $30

Vincent Racioppi Jr. and Cheryl Racioppi, $15

Ruth McCurry, in memory of Paul David Phillips, $25

Kathleen Voigt, $50

Shirley Mastnock, $550

Michael and Heidi Neville, $20

William Schenck, $50

Cindy Pastovich, in memory of parents Gordon and Katherine Pastovich, $20

Bruce Burnfield, in loving memory of “Mom,” $25

William and Sandra Hewitt, $25

Charles and Peggy White, in memory of Raymond and Mary Kifer, $100

Lucy Corson, $10

Drs. Franklin and Karen Sue Kuzy, $50

David and Donna Holliday, $50

St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, $500

David and Debra Elias, $25

Suzanne McCord, $25

William Jobes, $75

James and Nancy Proudfit, $100

Robert and Patricia Fratini, $25

Martin Beichner Jr. and Judy Beichner, $200

Frank Steiminger Jr. and Joan Steiminger, $25

Peter and Denise Coppola, $25

Donna DiNardo, $50

Linda Wilson Kacvinsky, in memory of Charles Kacvinsky Sr., $50

Rose M. Colussi, in memory of John L. Deco Sr. and Bruno J. Colussi, $50

David and Aryiro Spencer, $50

Wayne and Judy Masquelier, $30

Jack and Ethel Gump, $20

Pat Ferrari and Michele Millick, $25

Charles W. Kebart, in memory of Charles W. Kebart II, $20

Gary and Amy Bostich, in memory of Ty Pompei, $100

William Johnson, $50

Lesa Guley, $50

Carolyn Casciola, $50

Joseph and Joann Sciulli, $50

Edward and Susan Westcott, $50

Deborah Rubis and Cari Shellhammer, $25

James and Patricia Eglar, $50

Patrick and Joyce Eagan, $20

Harry and Susan Grubich, $100

Gaylord W. Haines Jr. and Helen Haines, $50

Clyde R. Wilkinson, $30

Richard and Nardis Hardie, $25

Kalliope Flaskos, in memory of Anthony and Maria Flaskos, $25

Joan Stewart, in memory of husband Bob Stewart, $100

James and Deborah Horvath, $50

Thomas and Monica Rendine, $30

Robert and Sharon Aloia, $25

Daniel and Janice Rowsick, $100

David Bramer, $50

David and Judith Davis, $20

Earl and Theresa Dhanse, $50

Mary Gafric, $50

Bob and Rita Marra, $25

Donald Tustin, in memory of Beth Tustin, Donald and Lorna Tustin, and Betty and Ann Cowden, $150

Sandy Thomas, in memory of Jon Winnett and Laura Schlutz, $50

Eric and Heather Quedenfeld, $50

James and Linda Hull, $50

M-Tech Inc., $75

Mrs. Kimberly Paletta, $25

Georgiann E. Kovacicek and Lyle Hartzell, $10

Paul H. and Christine McNeely, $50

Dave and Gerri DeMotte, $25

American Legion Auxiliary John C. McIlvaine, Unit 902, $50

In memory of Bill Burns, by family, $25

Eugene and Patricia Reed, $20

Richard and Patricia Morflak, $50

Mark and Sandra Bonanni, $20

Richard and Lana Tovornik, $50

Ronald and Sherri Van Horne, $100

Albert DeVenney Jr., $50

Ruth Pilgun, in memory of husband Jack Pilgun, $50

Anonymous, $50

Anonymous, $25

Anonymous, $30

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