Ton of Turkeys campaign collects turkeys for LIFT-UP of Routt County

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How to help

■ The local Salvation Army Extension Committee is looking for volunteer bell ringers for one-hour shifts starting the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas Eve. To volunteer, call Judi Williams at 970-819-5839. For more information about the Salvation Army Kettle Drive, call 970-870-0727.

■ Anyone who wants to donate a turkey for Ton of Turkeys can drop it off at Cook Chevrolet, 1955 Curve Court.

■ Routt County United Way is still in need of food donations for its Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The nonprofit needs: turkeys and sides, including stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. All food needs to be cooked for eight to 10 people and in a disposable container. Call the United Way at 970-879-5605.

— There’s still time to donate a turkey to benefit LIFT-UP of Routt County and the local residents it serves.

The Ton of Turkeys campaign, co-sponsored by Cook Chevrolet and Subaru and KBCR Big Country Radio, is about 700 pounds to its 2,000-pound collection goal. The turkeys are given to LIFT-UP, which distributes them to families or individuals who qualify for assistance and can cook them.

While the goal is to collect the turkeys before Thanksgiving, Cook Chevrolet general manager Steve Dunklin said the collection effort would continue Friday.

“We’d love to continue to do that,” he said. “During the holidays last year, there was a lot of need for it. We’re happy to help the community and give back any way we can.”

During the first Ton of Turkeys last year, Cook Chevrolet collected more than 2,500 pounds of turkeys.

“We actually had so many we were giving them out for Christmas, which may happen again,” LIFT-UP Executive Director David Freseman said.

Freseman said LIFT-UP gave away about 250 turkeys last year. He said only 20 had been given out this year. But as Dunklin indicated, if they’re still being collected, Freseman said LIFT-UP would continue giving them away. He said the turkeys don’t count toward the amount of food people can get from LIFT-UP.

Dunklin said Cook Chevrolet employees came up with the Ton of Turkeys idea. He said it’s become a collaborative effort in which Sears donates the freezer to store the turkeys and KBCR advertises the event on the radio.

“We’re just happy to help, and hopefully it makes a difference this holiday season,” Dunklin said.

Anyone who wants to donate a turkey can drop it off at Cook Chevrolet, 1955 Curve Court.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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