Foodshare still seeking turkey donations

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BLOOMFIELD - Foodshare is asking for last minute help providing Thanksgiving meals to the local Connecticut community.

With the help of roughly 300 local organizations, families in need in the Greater Hartford region and Tolland County have signed up to received a Thanksgiving Day dinner.  The total number of families asking for help this year is 15,871.  Foodshare has been collecting turkeys for those dinners over the last week.

By Monday afternoon roughly 15,000 turkeys had been donated, leaving a need for about 940 more.  Donations came rolling into Foodshare's Bloomfield headquarters as early as 7 a.m. Monday and continued throughout the day.

Pamela O'Dell, of Bloomfield, was one of those generous donors.  New to the area, O'Dell said she had been watching Good Day Connecticut, heard that there was still a big demand and was moved to come make a donation.

“I saw that Foodshare needed some turkeys and food to hand out, you guys were reporting it, and it was perfect because I do this every year and I didn’t know where to do it.   Just to know that somebody is going to have a good meal and doesn’t have to wait in line somewhere to maybe get turned away so, yeah it feels real good,” O'Dell said.

The president of Foodshare, James Arena-Derosa, said some stores have been sold out of turkeys so they are also accepting hams or chickens along with other foods that help make a Thanksgiving meal.

Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning will be the final two distribution times to get those turkey dinners to the families in need.

They're asking donors to bring turkeys directly to their offices at 450 Woodland Avenue in Bloomfield. So everyone who needs Thanksgiving dinner, can have one.  Donations are being accepted until 8 o'clock Monday night.