Heartland Mission needs turkey donations

Posted at 8:12 AM, Nov 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-24 09:12:48-05

 If you want to help needy families get a Thanksgiving turkey, the deadline is noon on Tuesday.

There is nothing that conjures up warm thoughts like spending time with family, and eating good food on Thanksgiving.

But some people may not have that opportunity.

In fact, the Heartland Hope Mission saw a 43-percent spike in families served during its turkey distribution and that's just been here within the last 10 days.

“The holidays have always been a difficult time for families that struggle to make ends meet every month,” said Executive Director Chelsea Salifou in a news release. “We are seeing more and more families that are living paycheck to paycheck and don’t have the extra funds needed to provide a Thanksgiving meal for their family.”

The food pantry hopes to help 5,400 families this year and noon is the deadline to donate food items.

You can donate items like mashed potatoes, turkey, cream of mushroom soup, gravy and French fried onions. You can also help by donating $20 to Mission through Thankgiving.

The mission is located at 2021 U Street.