Help ensure no family in Twin Falls goes hungry this season

A few community members have come together to raise Thanksgiving turkeys for families in need. If you want to help the cause it’s pretty simple, all you have to do is go to the store, grab a turkey and bring it downtown to the pickup location.

No family should go without turkey for Thanksgiving

If you want to help, you can pick up a turkey from any local grocery store and bring it to Gehrig Dale and Co’s barber shop at 537 Main Ave E. They collect as many turkeys as possible to ensure that no family celebrates Thanksgiving without the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Although they primarily focus on turkeys, they also collect traditional Thanksgiving sides like stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, and anything else you can think of on a Thanksgiving table. Every little gesture counts.

Where will all those turkeys end up?

First and foremost, they go to the people who live under the Valley House umbrella. Those who need affordable housing until they get out of a bad situation. There are about 170 families that they feed for the holidays. After that, any additional turkeys will go to the Twin Falls Housing Authority, which also helps those struggling with affordable housing. There are less than 100 people who need help there. If they have any leftovers, they transfer them to the food bags they distribute each month. The Valley House also acts as a very small food bank.

Other ways to help

If you can’t afford to give a turkey or other Thanksgiving food, they might still need some help. The people who receive these turkeys and these foods probably have no way of preparing them. So they’re asking people to donate aluminum pans, foil, and other disposable kitchen utensils. Even something as simple as a can opener can be really useful in a situation like this.

If you need help

You can always contact Valley House. Everyone who walks through their door will be treated with kindness and respect. If you’re a regular at the food bank, which sees around 100-200 people every month, you can easily get yourself a turkey. If you are in need and Valley House is short of turkeys, you can always turn to the South Central Community Action Partnership, which usually organizes a turkey drive every year and distributes them everywhere. They tend to have a larger selection of sides and meats.

Kudos to those who help

Congratulations to those who have already donated. Stan from the Barber Shop and Gordy from the Highway 30 Music Festival have worked hard to spread the word to help these families.

The Valley House will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, so donations will be accepted and distributed until the day before Thanksgiving.

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