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Street Turkeys

The following is from the letter I sent out to clients last month. I ended up with a nice pickup truck load of food that included 8 frozen turkeys and about 20 bags of canned goods. Thanks to everyone who gave.



I hope you are enjoying the Fall and gearing up for the holidays like I am. The leaves are coming down fast and early this year so we are keeping busy.

Because I spend a lot of time in the truck during the day, I absorb quite a bit of local talk radio. Mark Packer has been doing a show on the local sports talk show (Primetime with the Packman) for many years now. I have a lot of respect for Mark as I have seen him rise to one of the most publicly active contributors to our community.

One of his projects, Street Turkeys, has raised over $300,000, collected over 5000 frozen turkeys, and 15,000 lbs of canned goods to stock local food banks in the Carolinas during the holiday season since Mark started this in 2002.

Every year on the day before Thanksgiving, listeners of WFNZ make their way to the Doghouse on the corner of Mint and Morehead to drop off donations. It’s a very inspiring sight to see cars lined up dropping off checks, kids pulling wagons full of food, and others carrying frozen turkeys in each hand, and volunteers from Second Harvest food bank working hard.

I took my little girl last year to drop off some canned goods and I have to tell you, knowing we helped feed a hungry family in the Carolinas made my Thanksgiving dinner taste a little better the next day.

I know it’s a hassle to get uptown to drop off a donation so if you have any canned goods or frozen turkeys you can donate, I can pick up your donation when we visit your house next week and deliver it to the Doghouse for you.

The event is next Wednesday 11/25, and I will be loading up my truck with your donations as we visit your house on either Mon, Tues, or Wed of next week. We can take canned goods, frozen turkeys, or checks made out to “Fishes and Loaves”.

Please let me know if you can participate by calling me or sending an email so I know to look for your donation when we are at your house next week.

You can check out the website for more information on the event.

Thank you, and I hope you have an incredible holiday season this year.

Ben Whitehouse


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