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Cranbrook’s Annual Turkey Drive to Collect Christmas Donations

The Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce’s annual Turkey Drive is scheduled for Thursday, December 5th as community volunteers will be collecting donations to assist the Salvation Army and Cranbrook Food Bank over the holiday season.

The Turkey Drive is entering its 10th year in Cranbrook in 2019, as a team of “Little Pluckers” will be taking $20 pledges alongside the “Mother Plucker” and “Chief Turkey”, each representing one turkey pledge.

“The Salvation Army and the Cranbrook Food Bank give assistance year-round to those in our community, and our Turkey Drive allows them to focus on what they do best: helping individuals and families in our community,” said Jason Wheeldon, who is returning as Chief Turkey for the 2019 Turkey Drive. “The Turkey Drive funds a large portion of the Christmas Hamper programs for both organizations, and if they hit this year’s target, we will close in on raising close to half a million dollars for these organizations since the inception of the Turkey Drive.”

The one-day event hopes to raise $50,000 as the community can call into the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce at 250-426-5914 to make their turkey pledges on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

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“To me, the true meaning of Christmas is to show love and take care of our neighbour, and the Turkey Drive fulfills that need for Cranbrook and overwhelmingly so,” said Karin Penner, who has been dubbed the “Mother Plucker” for the Turkey Drive due to her heavy involvement with the annual program.

Penner is leading the team of “Little Pluckers” that will be accepting the donations over the phone during the Turkey Drive. Some of those volunteers and helpers include Tom Shypitka, Kootenay East MLA; John Hudak, Cranbrook City Councillor; Nathan Lieuwen, Cranbrook Bucks; Brent Jossy, Scotiabank; Josh Lowden and Chad Jensen; New Dawn Developments; Chris Botterill, Genex Marketing; Sean Campbell, Community Futures; and John Salomon.

“The Chamber is more than just an organization that represents the business community; it is an organization that strives for a healthy community and is proud to partner with the Salvation Army, Cranbrook Food Bank and the many dedicated volunteers that dedicate their resources and time to meeting the needs of our community,” said Jason Fast, President of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited, as a Board, to host this year’s Turkey Drive and help two outstanding agencies deliver the services over the holiday season.”

Members of the community can make their pledges on December 5th by phoning 250-426-5914 or by physically coming by the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce office.

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