More than 4,300 turkeys donated to Mel Trotter Turkey Drop

Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The 18th annual Turkey Drop happened Wednesday to help families in need this Thanksgiving.

Last year, Mel Trotter Ministries and Feeding America West Michigan collected more than 5,000 turkeys during this event. They were hoping to break that record this year.

On Wednesday evening, Mel Trotter said a preliminary count showed a count of 4,378 turkeys. They still have to factor in cash donations and will announce the final total Thursday morning.

People could drop off a turkey any time on Nov. 17 starting at 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The drop-off sites were Celebration Cinema North, Celebration Cinema South and Mel Trotter Ministries in downtown Grand Rapids.

You can also make a monetary donation online. One frozen turkey equals $15.

Frozen turkeys could be dropped off curbside. Mel Trotter Ministries’ staff and volunteers grabbed them from vehicles while wearing masks and gloves.

Mel Trotter Ministries and Feeding America West Michigan will distribute the frozen turkeys to food pantries and local organizations at no cost.

This event is in partnership with Mel Trotter Ministries, WOOD Radio, Feeding America and Celebration Cinema.

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