Turkeys, desserts, drivers still needed for Turkeys from Heaven

Published 3:00 am Thursday, December 20, 2018

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and that means it’s also “Turkeys from Heaven” time in Troy.

Turkeys from Heaven has become a Christmas tradition in Troy. Each year, several hundred families in need are remembered with the delivery of a traditional Christmas dinner via Turkeys from Heaven, a non-profit organization.

This year, more than 400 turkey dinners will be delivered on Saturday. As of Wednesday, turkey donations were nearing the target number. However, if that number is surpassed, the $15 turkey donations will be go toward the purchase of other items needed to complete the dinners, including the bean casseroles, cranberry sauce and breads.

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Turkeys may be purchased at the Piggly Wiggly locations in Troy by letting the cashiers know of the desire to participate in Turkeys from Heaven.

Taylor Jinright said non-refrigerated desserts are always needed.

“We won’t know until Friday when the desserts start to be delivered to The Emporium how many we will have,” Jinright said. “Right now, we need and will greatly appreciate dessert items.”

On Saturday, drivers will be needed to transport turkeys from the grill site to The Emporium and especially to deliver the Christmas dinners to the families throughout Pike County and into the edges of adjoining counties.

Jinright said the City of Troy has made arrangements for members of the police and fire departments to make deliveries. Members of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department will also make deliveries.

Jinright said those who like to volunteer with the Turkeys from Heaven deliveries on Saturday need not call.

“Just show up on Saturday and we’ll put you to work,” she said.