I am dropping off my Turkey today and would like to put a challenge out to all Martial Arts Schools (Not just the ones here in Phoenix Arizona) but all Martial Arts, Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Krav Maga or MMA schools (you know who you are) any where in the country to get out and support your local community.
“The need in our community has never been so critical,” said Steve Zabilski, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul. “This year, more families are asking us for help. They’re living on the economic edge, struggling to stay in their homes, pay their bills and feed their families.”
The nation's largest one-day turkey drive, will take place today - Tuesday, Nov. 24.
On this designated Tuesday, 80 Bashas' and Food City stores here in Arizona will be collecting frozen turkeys and monetary donations for St. Vincent de Paul.
Now in its 16th year, 12 News Turkey Tuesday has become a Thanksgiving tradition for many Arizona families, schools and businesses.
How to donate:
1. Drop off a monetary donation or frozen turkey on Tuesday, November 24 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at any Bashas' or Food City Store in the Valley or Northern Arizona.
2. Donate during our phonebank Tuesday, November 24 from 4 – 7pm (phone number: 602-258-1212 or outside Maricopa County 1 – 888-838-5769)
3. Donate turkeys online now!
All donations will benefit hungry families just in time for Thanksgiving. According to St. Vincent de Paul, a local non-profit that cooks and distributes more than 3,000 meals each day to the hungry, turkey donations are the key to meeting an increased demand this year.
From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Turkey Tuesday, 12 News Sports Anchor Bruce Cooper and Weather Anchor James Quiñones will challenge one another to see who can collect the most turkeys for St. Vincent de Paul. KTAR personalities Gambo & Ash and Mac & Gaydos will join the challenge, broadcasting live throughout the day. Individuals unable to visit a store on Turkey Tuesday can call the 12 News phone bank or make an online donation at http://www.stvincentdepaul.net/.
During last year's Turkey Tuesday drive, Arizonans donated a record 26,432 frozen turkeys, which fed thousands of local, needy families. St. Vincent de Paul volunteers collected the frozen birds, and packaged thousands of the donated turkeys into food boxes, which were immediately delivered to hungry families throughout Arizona.
“We’re so thankful for this annual turkey drive because it helps us to meet the strong need we’re facing,” said Zabilski. “Even when times are tough, we’re blessed by the generosity of our community.”
In addition to the one-day drive, during the month of November, all Bashas’ and Food City stores statewide will be selling $1 paper turkey icons to benefit St. Vincent de Paul. Customers can customize the turkey-shaped icons by writing in what they are most thankful for this holiday season. To find a Bashas’ or Food City store near you, visit http://www.bashas.com/ or http://www.myfoodcity.com/.
About The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. The Phoenix Diocesan Council has been assisting central and northern Arizona families since 1946. Programs include services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms, thrift stores, a transitional housing shelter and general assistance for individuals in need. For more information, visit http://www.stvincentdepaul.net/.
Mr. Boggs - Sensei
Goshin Karate & Judo Academy
6245 E. Bell Road #120
Scottsdale, AZ. 85254