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Community delivers 150 turkeys
Manteca Fire Captain Travis Gooch, center, helps load donated turkeys during Saturdays food drive. - photo by HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin

Manteca answered the call Saturday

More than 150 turkeys were donated outside of the Safeway store to the Manteca Firefighters Association effort to help Turkeys R Us and the Second Harvest Food Bank to put turkeys on the tables of 1,600 struggling families in Manteca, Lathrop, and Ripon for Thanksgiving.

That brought the Turkeys R Us total to 1,263 or 337 short of the goal.

Additional collections Saturday and Sunday at the Stuff the Bus in the Food 4 Less parking lot and a Northgate Little League collection on Sunday haven’t yet been included in the tally. Turkeys R Us will know today whether they have met the goal of providing serving all families in need in the three communities through 30 food closets. Started 17 years ago by two real estate agents shocked to find many of their neighbors were going without at Thanksgiving, Turkeys R Us has a 16-year streak of putting turkeys on the tables of all of those who request them from food closets.

Once they have met the Thanksgiving demand they will start work on repeating the effort for Christmas. Due to turkeys costing more than in the past, Turkeys R Us are shooting for a combination of 1,600 turkeys and hams. Turkeys are  costing $20 per bird this year.

Turkeys R Us volunteer community coordinator LeAnn McNabb will pick up checks if she is contacted at her cell at 815-6754.

If you can assist Turkeys R Us, contact the Second Harvest Food Bank at 239-2091.

Second Harvest will accept frozen turkeys or hams from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the 704 E. Industrial Park Drive location in Manteca. 

Donations can also be dropped off at Crossroads Real Estate at 250 Cherry Lane, Suite 105, in Manteca.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, e-mail