by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARKâ€”Two Maple Park churches want to make sure as many local people as possible can celebrate Thanksgiving, even those who cannot afford to put a turkey on the table this year.
Two years ago, Grace Methodist and St. Mary churches started their Turkey Drop-off, a food drive for families in need during the fall holiday.
â€œWe wanted to do something so every family that could, would celebrate Thanksgiving with a special meal,â€ Grace Methodist Pastor Mark Meyers said.
This year’s Turkey Drop-off will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Anyone who would like to contribute a turkey, ham or canned goods may drop the items off during those hours at Grace Methodist, 506 Willow St., Maple Park.
Meyers said that last year, people dropped off 100 turkeys that were delivered by church volunteers to local food pantries, the Salvation Army, the Maple Park Family Fund and Kaneland schools.
â€œWe had places for every one of them,â€ Meyers said.
Volunteers also take some of the food directly to families that the churches know are in need. The Family Fund and the schools are aware of other families that would appreciate the food and distribute it to them.
Thanksgiving food drive
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Grace Methodist Church
506 Willow St., Maple Park
Donations of turkeys, hams and canned goods welcome.
Collection will benefit needy families
To inquire about receiving food items, call the Rev. Mark Meyers,
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