A thirteen hundred dollar donation has turkeys flying into the Flathead Food Bank today, but gearing up for Thanksgiving is not over yet.
The morning of Friday, November 22, AAA employees helped load up a tow truck with $1,000 worth of turkeys and about $300 in nonperishable food items, a joint donation from AAA and Ohs' Towing and Body Shop.
"I think it's very important that everybody has food and has just a great holiday to enjoy with their family," said Tonya Ingraham, the AAA team manager.
The timing could not be more perfect since the Food Bank is hoping to give hundreds of families in the Valley beans, stuffing, cranberries, and of course turkey--a traditional Thanksgiving feast.
"It's a lot of money for one meal so we collect donations the whole month of November," explained Lori Botkin, the executive director of the Flathead Food Bank.
Botkin, estimates that the average Thanksgiving dinner can cost anywhere between $50 and $75.
"A lot of them are so stressed right now. They don't have the money to support their family. They're not eating properly. It's good to have a day of thanks where they can just get together with their families, do some relaxing, not have to worry about it, and have a good meal," said Botkin.
The Food Bank will begin giving out the Thanksgiving food on Monday, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
"That's our goal, is to give our customers who wouldn't normally be able to afford a Thanksgiving dinner the turkey and the cranberries and the stuffing and the whole works," said Botkin.
If you are looking to give this holiday season, the Food Bank says there are a few things you can donate that would really be a big help. They say they already have enough turkeys and potatoes, but they could really use some more jello, yams, and pumpkin mix.
Ingraham wants AAA to give again next year.
She hopes to start collecting donations earlier than they did this year, November 1, so they can make a bigger donation.