Hundreds of people across our state showed their generosity today by participating in NBC Connecticut’s Joy of Sharing Thanksgiving Food Drive.
NBC Connecticut volunteers helped sort out the donations at four locations around the state. More than 13,500 pounds of food, including more than 650 turkeys, and more than $4,000 in donations were all given to benefit families in need through Foodshare and the CT Food Bank.
Tom Mayer, from the Plantsville section of Southington stopped by to donate.
“It’s just a good thing to do especially at this time of the year,” Mayer said.
Mayer visited the West Hartford donation site, at the Sears parking lot along New Britain Avenue. In the first hour alone, more than 100 turkeys were donated. And it wasn’t just in West Hartford where people, urged on by NBC Connecticut and Radio 104.1, were showing up and giving. There were also drop off locations in New Haven, Bloomfield and Groton.
The donations all go to Foodshare, a local organization that collects food for those in need. President Gloria McAdam says Foodshare gives out its turkeys and canned goods in Hartford and Tolland counties.
“Our total goal is 20 thousand turkeys about half of which we have received," said McAdam. "And most of those distributed already. We need that other 10 thousand by the end of the day Monday because we are going to give them out Monday and Tuesday.”
Foodshare, NBC Connecticut, CT Food Bank, Comcast, and Radio 104.1 thank all the donors and volunteers that made the joy of giving such a successful event.