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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

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Haywood’s turkey drive in full swing

Thanks to community generosity, many of Haywood County’s neediest families will eat a hot turkey dinner this Thanksgiving. The Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association is once again seeking donations to help provide food baskets to those who may not otherwise enjoy this long standing American tradition. 

This year continues a tradition — the Turkey Drive — that began in 1998, when the fledgling lodging association donated funds to help the community’s families in need. 

“That first year, we were able to raise enough money to pay for 45 boxes of food and helped 45 families have a Thanksgiving”, commented Tammy Wight, MVALA President. “The following year we started fund-raising to obtain money outside our organization and were able to buy 75 turkey boxes.”

For the last several years the organization has been able to donate meals to 250 families, enabling at least 800 people to enjoy a hot Thanksgiving dinner. 

The association works with the Haywood County Health and Human Services Agency to help determine who receives the boxes of food. All distribution is done by volunteers.

A donation of $25 or more will provide a local needy family with a whole uncooked turkey, dressing, a vegetable, dessert and even a foil baking pan in which to cook the bird. Send donations to MVALA, P.O. Box 1175, Maggie Valley, N.C. 28751; or pay through PayPal by going to visiting www.visitmaggie.com and clicking on the donate button.

 

Sarge’s wrapping gifts at Mast

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation has been invited back for the annual gift-wrapping project at Mast General Store on Main St. in Waynesville. There will be Sarge’s volunteers wrapping gifts for donations during store hours through Dec. 24 in the Mast lobby. Mast Store shoppers can bring their purchases to the gift wrapping table and the volunteers will box and wrap the holiday gifts for a donation to Sarge’s. One hundred percent of the donations go towards taking care of the homeless dogs and cats in Sarge’s care. 

“If you would like to help with this worthwhile project, we need donations of holiday wrapping paper, tissue paper, bows, ribbons and scotch tape,” said Sarge’s project coordinator Tish O’Connor.

Those donating wrapping supplies are asked to bring the items to Sarge’s Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Dr. Waynesville, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Or, supply donations may be taken to Waynesville Mast Store.

“We are grateful to Melanee Lester and Mast General Store for giving up a portion of the store’s lobby during the busy holiday season for Sarge’s to set up the gift wrap station,” O’Connor said.

The mission of Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is to save Haywood County animals from euthanasia. To adopt, donate or volunteer, call Sarge’s at 828.246.9050, “like” Sarge’s Facebook page or visit www.sargeandfriends.org.

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