Mel Trotter surpasses 2019 Turkey Drop goal

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Mel Trotter Ministries announced that it surpassed its 16th annual Turkey Drop goal.

Mel Trotter aimed to collect 1,600 turkeys for families needing a little extra help celebrating the holidays, instead they collected 2,022 turkeys.

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By 5 p.m. Wednesday, drop sites run in partnership with WOOD Radio and Celebration Cinema had collected more than 1,500 turkeys.

“This is about families who will have a hearty holiday meal on their table, families who might not otherwise have a Thanksgiving meal,” Abbey Sladick of Mel Trotter Ministries told News 8. “We will distribute these turkeys out to other pantries throughout our community and so just by dropping one frozen turkey today, it’s just going to impact an entire family.”

That impact is something families who donate each year are teaching their children. 

“It means everything. Going to the grocery store, buying the turkeys and having them carry them in here and to realize that they know what giving is about, it’s beautiful,” Cherie Dykstra told News 8 Wednesday afternoon. 

She dropped off turkeys with her daughter, Jennie Dykens, and young grandchildren. 

“We love giving back and being able to share turkeys with families who may not be able to afford it,” Dykens added. 

This year, Mel Trotter is also collecting warm winter clothing, specifically coats, as part of its Code Blue campaign. The organization’s biggest need is men’s winter coats. Two hundred coats had been donated as of Wednesday afternoon.

Donations can still be made to Mel Trotter online

Mel Trotter’s Thanksgiving meal is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day at DeVos Place downtown. Doors open at 10 a.m.

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