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Nov 8, 2010 6:19 PM

Thanksgiving donations falling short

TUCSON - We are less than three weeks from Thanksgiving and donations to The Salvation Army in Tucson are nowhere near what they should be. This time of year, turkeys are usually flying through door, but so far The Salvation Army only has one.

"As you can see we are a little bleak this Thanksgiving season," said Tamara McElwee, Public Relations Director at The Salvation Army, showing News 4 their empty freezer.

Several of the shelves in The Salvation Army freezer should be lined with turkeys.

"Right now, it's kind of just a big sliver box," McElwee said.

It's unusual and disheartening, especially because The Salvation Army has little time before they will start preparing for their big Thanksgiving feast.

"People kind of wait until after Halloween, and we always kind of know that, but the gates, the doors never really opened on November 1st and we just have not seen anything come in yet. We have no pies, no fruit," McElwee said.

Hoping to continue the Thanksgiving tradition, they have had one call from a donor who promised to deliver a large batch of birds in time for Turkey Day. But they will need 500, and so far, others have not stepped up.

"We just haven't seen those folks yet. They're out there and they always come through for us, but we're hoping sooner rather than later," McElwee said.

The Community Food Bank has already packed most of their November food boxes. However, they are hoping for monetary donations to make up for the hams they had to go out and purchase.

"We spent a couple of hundred thousand dollars on having hams to make sure that we had something available for everyone. It's not a traditional turkey but we couldn't afford turkeys," said Bill Carnegie, President and CEO of the Community Food Bank.

It is a reminder that things get tough during the holidays and there is always a need.

"People are truly hungry in this community. We have lines outside our door every morning. It's people from every walk of life," Carnegie said.

If you want to make a holiday donation, here are some ways you can donate:

The Salvation Army

Drop off or donate by mail: 1001 N. Richey Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716

Donate by phone: (520) 795 - 9671

For more information on The Salvation Army, click here.

Community Food Bank

To drop off a donation, click here, to find a drop-off location.

Donate by mail: P.O. Box 26727, Tucson, AZ 85726

Donate by phone: (520) 622 - 0525

For more information on the Community Food Bank, click here.

For more on KVOA's Season of Hope, click here.

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