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Turkey drive for struggling families today & Sunday
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Manteca firefighters are at Safeway in Manteca today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. collecting turkey donations. Firefighter Derek Leong is shown helping during last years drive. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Three turkey drives are taking place this weekend in a bid to cover a shortfall of 955 turkeys needed make sure struggling families in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop don’t go without traditional meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas

Altogether community groups, businesses, and individuals donated $590 and 11 frozen turkeys on Friday. Turkeys R Us is able to buy frozen turkeys for $12 each.

That brings the turkey total to 945 turkeys with 1,900 needed for the two holidays.

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.

Events and dates where turkeys can be dropped off at are:

• Today &Sunday: Stuff the Bus with Regional Transit District at the Food 4 Less in Manteca 10a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Today: Stuff the Fire Truck at Safeway in Manteca 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Sunday: Northgate Little League at the snack shack on Hoyt Avenue 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 .