Turkey call: Help feather new group’s nest

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Several years ago a man volunteered at the Community Action Partnership (CAP) Food Bank at Thanksgiving time. He was assigned the job of telling people there were no turkeys to give out. Jim Myers decided to do something to help and he initiated a new nonprofit called Turkeys For All. Since then, there have been plenty of turkeys to hand out, and our less-fortunate friends and neighbors have had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner because people in this community cared enough to make it happen.

When Myers recently moved from the area and dissolved the Turkeys For All program, I went to the food bank and visited with Manager Nicol Barnes to see if anyone else had stepped up to help ensure there would be turkeys for Thanksgiving. When she told me no, I decided to see if I could recruit a group of volunteers to help with this important goal. After seeing the need for financial assistance in other areas, I decided to name this new fundraising program — Turkeys & More. For example, Barnes explained the freezer truck used to put turkeys in was not working and it would take big bucks to get it repaired.

A recent newspaper article focused on the wonderful response the food bank received when a previous story illustrated its bare shelves. Toward the end of the article my name and contact information was given to let people know about my goal to recruit volunteers to help with Turkeys & More. I had one phone message afterward from a lady who didn’t leave her name and didn’t call back.

Because I did not want to be the “Lone Ranger” for this fundraising effort, I am writing this article to see if I can get more people who would like to assist. I helped on the final day when they passed out turkeys last November and it was wonderful to see some of the caring volunteers who had helped pass out more than 1,500 Thanksgiving baskets during the week. It was even more wonderful to see the positive responses from those receiving the turkeys… many families and quite a few older people, who gave smiles of thanks as they were helped to their cars.

I have a few ideas of what could be done to raise money. I helped with the last Turkeys For All fundraiser which was a dinner/auction held at the Cd’A Inn. Several years ago I helped spearhead a group of people who raised money for Katrina victims by holding a talent show at NIC. When I was a Kootenai County commissioner, I helped blaze the Centennial Trail, and raised money at the local, state and national level. I believe it will be more exciting for others who assist if they can help define what we should do to raise money. Perhaps some kind of a raffle would be good?

Please consider helping with this effort to feed hungry people. I have scheduled an organizational meeting for Friday, March 17, at Lake City Center located at 1916 N. Lakewood in Cd’A. The meeting will start at 2 p.m. and you are welcome to call me at 765-5535 if you would like more information or email evalynera@hotmail.com. We will need sponsors to assist with some of the costs, so we will also welcome calls from people or companies who want to help in this way. It would also be great to have someone volunteer to design a logo for our new program.

Thanks for your interest and participation. Together we can make a remarkable difference in being able to provide Turkeys & More for our CAP Food Bank. I can promise you a fun and rewarding experience.

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Contact Evalyn Adams at (208) 765-5535 or evalynera@hotmail.com.

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