Local charity seeks turkeys for holidays

St. Vincent de Paul needs 35 birds with fixings and for 18 families to be adopted

Posted: Sunday, December 20, 2009

A local charity is in dire need of donations for its annual Christmas baskets and Adopt-A-Family program.

Courtesy Of Mary Fitterer
Courtesy Of Mary Fitterer

"We are short on food donations for people to have Christmas food," said Rena Sims, who has helped coordinate St. Vincent de Paul's food baskets for the last six years. "We need turkeys and canned goods, and I need them by Sunday so people will can pick up their baskets Monday and Tuesday."

Sims, who has coordinated the annual Christmas baskets for the last several years with Martha Crockroft, Paula Sumdum and Louise Howerter, said she originally scheduled for the baskets to be ready Sunday, but had to move it to Monday because of the shortage.

With 150 people signed up to receive baskets, St. Vincent still needs to fill about 35 more, meaning they need 35 turkeys and the fixings to go with them.

"Some of these people, because they have fixed income, wouldn't have a Christmas dinner anyhow," she said. "So, I would love it if Juneau could help me pull it off."

Not to mention, there are still 18 families that have not been adopted through St. Vincent's Adopt-a-Family program, which provides each family with a Christmas dinner and one gift for each family member.

"Juneau has come through again; I was scared before, when we had more than 50 families," Sims said. "But we have 18 left, and if I could get those adopted out, that would just make my day."

For Adopt-a-Family, St. Vincent does most of the work by visiting each family beforehand and creating a profile of the names, ages and needs of each family member. They are asking for about a $25 toy donation per child.

"We've done the verification and the footwork already to find out that these families really are in need," Sims said. "It would just be a real blessing, I could not express. We're wishing everyone a very merry Christmas as we take care of these needs."

Donations for St. Vincent's Christmas baskets or Adopt-A-Family program can be dropped off at St. Vincent de Paul's Smith Hall, 8617 Teal St. For more information, call Rena Sims at 209-9993 or Smith Hall at 789-5535.

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