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Drive short 720 turkeys
Making a cash donation to the Turkeys R Us drive are Peters siblings are, from left, Drew (9), William (8), and Lauren (5). - photo by Photo Contributed

The Turkeys R Us drive has collected enough funds and frozen birds to distribute 1,180 turkeys to struggling families in Manteca, Lathrop, and Ripon for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

On Tuesday, the effort received $1,018 in cash and seven frozen turkeys. That leaves the 17th annual drive short 720 turkeys. Turkeys R Us is able to buy frozen turkeys for $12 each.

A typical household receiving the turkey meals often have at least one person working. They are on the ropes financially either due to reduced hours, medical expenses, or have lost their jobs. A good number are on limited income either as seniors without adequate financial, resources and single mothers.

Frozen turkeys can be taken to Second Harvest at 704 E. Industrial Park Drive in Manteca Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monetary donations can be made online at or dropped off or mailed to Second Harvest, Coldwell Banker 319 N. Main St. Manteca, or Beacon Realty 211 E. Center St. Manteca.