Salvation Army needs frozen turkeys

The Salvation Army Winchester Corps needs 60 frozen turkeys for area families by Thursday to deliver in time for Thanksgiving. With only two donations so far, they have a long way to go in a short amount of time.

The dip in donations this year is tough to explain, said Cheryl Green, director of the Salvation Army shelter at 300 Fort Collier Road, Winchester.

“I don’t know if it’s just a trying time,” she said.

It’s possible that area donors are having a more difficult time making ends meet this holiday season, she said, because she and other Salvation Army employees and volunteers haven’t done anything differently this year than they did in past years.

“Last year we were inundated with turkeys,” she said.

The Salvation Army gives donated turkeys to area families in Winchester and the counties of Frederick and Clarke who have applied for aid through the organization.

In addition to the 60 turkeys needed by Thursday, they will need another 400 by Dec. 10 to give to families at Christmas.

Last year, the Salvation Army’s partnership with Sheetz Inc. helped boost turkey donations, and Green said she hopes it will again this year.

Those who donate a turkey to the Salvation Army will receive a $5 Sheetz gift card, which Green said some people keep for themselves and others donate back to the Salvation Army.

“It is definitely a community effort,” she said.

Donated turkeys may be any size but should be frozen. They may be delivered to the Salvation Army shelter office, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The organization will also collect monetary donations and other items for families this holiday season. Food donations must be nonperishable items.

Accepted items are cans of vegetables, spaghetti sauce, fruit, tuna, meat and stews, plastic jars of jelly or peanut butter, and boxes of instant mashed potatoes, pasta, Healthy Choice brand cereals and Bisquick products.

“We make sure that each family has a meal for Christmas,” Green said.

Those who apply for assistance can elect to receive toys and other gifts for children age 13 and younger. The organization is also collecting coats for children up to age 13.

“We try to make sure every child that applies for Christmas assistance, [that] they get a coat,” Green said.

Contact the Salvation Army Winchester Corps at 300 Fort Collier Road, Winchester, or 540-662-4777, ext. 13.