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Is any local agency giving away free turkeys this Christmas?

Ben Steelman

Apparently not. The Wilmington office of the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina, 1314 Marstellar St., is distributing turkeys through Dec. 22 — but only to other agencies, not individuals, according to development manager Jennifer Caslin.

The Salvation Army has switched to distributing gift cards to selected families, so they can make their own choices, said Maj. Richard Watts, corps officer for New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and surrounding counties. (Cards are $40 fo families of five or fewer, $60 for families of six or more.)

If you need help, experts suggest contacting your county’s department of social services, the Salvation Army at (910) 762-7354, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina at 251-1465, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard at 762-2199, Good Shepherd Center at 763-4424, Help Center of Federal Point at 458-2777 or Brunswick Family Assistance at 754-4766. Many local churches also offer aid.

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One Response to “ Is any local agency giving away free turkeys this Christmas?”

  1. On December 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm Jim Ware wrote:

    This answer was updated on Dec. 16, 2011, by Ben Steelman.