Monday, November 15, 2021

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." Mother Teresa


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I recently stopped by a PNC Bank branch to drop off a $50 check for the KDKA Turkey Fund.  I was thinking back through the years, and wondered how many years this fund has been collected.  The answer is 40 years, and this was my 40th year to donate. 

The premise is simple:  lots of families in the Pittsburgh area are food insufficient every day, and the Turkey Fund helps them to have enough to share with family and friends on Thanksgiving, a true American holiday.  By the way,  the fund has raised nearly $19 million dollars in those 40 years, which feeds a lot of folks!

I can remember my first contribution in 1981.  I was newly married, and my (late) husband and I saw the advertisement on television, requesting a $10 donation.  Back in 1981, $10 went a lot further than it does now!  We were happy to give.  For years thereafter, even when Scott was dying of cancer for almost 3 years, and he had no income, only a lot of medical bills, and I was working many extra jobs, we managed to scrape together the donation.  Why?  Because food is important.  Family is important. And sharing is important.

I am sure that many other cities across the United States have similar programs, but this is the one that touches my heart.  Thanksgiving is still 10 days away.  There is still time to share with others in your own community or in the Pittsburgh community. 

For information on giving to the Pittsburgh KDKA Turkey Fund, check out this link:

For information about the 40 year history of The Turkey Fund, follow this link: 

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