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Turkeys R Us within 109 birds of goal
Sunrise Kiwanis President Jacob Naven presents a check to the Turkeys R Us Drive on behalf of the service club. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Sunrise Kiwanis and Manteca Kiwanis — two service clubs responsible for things such as the Pumpkin Fair, the community Easter egg hunt, Fourth of July parade and supporting such youth activities as the Boys & Girls Club —each came through for Turkeys R Us.

Both clubs made donations as Turkeys R Us took in $1,780 and 26 turkeys on Tuesday. Turkeys R Us can buy turkeys for $12 each.

The Turkeys R Us Drive is within 109 turkeys of making sure 950 straggling families in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop have the main course for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. So far they have 1,791 of the 1,900 turkeys needs.

The list of recipients run the gamut from families who have been living paycheck to paycheck and are barely keeping afloat who don’t see food assistance except at the holidays, to struggling families headed by single moms, seniors on fixed income, families where the head of household has lost jobs or that have suffered serve cutbacks in hours or pay, and families dealing with a major financial crisis triggered by health issues.

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.