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Nov 15, 2011 6:54 PM

Salvation Army talking turkey shortages this year

TUCSON - Every Thanksgiving in Tucson, the Salvation Army feeds thousands of people on Thanksgiving Day. Usually by now, they've got a freezer full of donated turkeys, but this year the frozen birds aren't exactly rolling in.

Tamara McElwee, Public Relations Director, is gearing up for her 9th Thanksgiving dinner with the Salvation Army in Tucson. This year, she's worried about feeding all the families they're expecting.
"Yeah, this is a tough year, it's been really slow," McElwee said.

Luckily, one woman got the butter balls rolling with a huge donation.

"She came in with three truck loads of turkeys and really kicked off the drive for us," McElwee said.
The goal is to collect 500 Turkeys, but right now they're not even close to that number, and with Thanksgiving just over a week away, McElwee says they have to start cooking by Friday.

She expects up to 4,000 people. Many will be familiar faces, but in this economy they're seeing a change in the guest list: "We see a lot more families, a lot more children coming in so we know the need is increasing," McElwee said.

If you'd like to donate a turkey, milk, dinner rolls or apple pies, they can be dropped off at the Salvation Army at 1001 North Richey or you can call (520) 795-9671.

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