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2000 Turkeys Campaign Helps Feed Needy

State Sen. Tim Solobay talks about a program for the hungry.

An event that began nearly 30 years ago as a food drive for the unemployed, is again kicking off the holiday season with the right spirit.

WJPA Radio and the Observer-Reporter newspaper have been partners from the beginning.

The 2000 Turkeys campaign has grown into an annual tradition with families, schools, businesses, and local media pitching in to help provide a holiday meal for Washington County residents who meet eligibility requirements established by the Greater Washington County Food Bank.

Just recently, The Meadows announced it was donating $10,000 and the 2012 campaign has already raised more than $47,000, nearly half its goal.        

The campaign has been going on for more than a month and runs through the end of November.          

Every $10 raised provides a Thanksgiving dinner for a family of four. Last year’s campaign provided meals for more than 4,000 households—or about 20,800 individuals. 

For more information, click here.

Donations can be made to: 2000 Turkeys, P.O. Box 2000, Washington, Pa. 15301.

Tresarmos November 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
This is a great campaign started by WJPA Radio's Grace Hopwood Bishop and Byron Smialek of The Observer-Reporter in the early 80s. What is especially good about it, is that all of the money stays to help feed the poor and the working poor, in Washington County. The only expense being a very small fee for a PO Box...and that's: 2000 Turkeys P.O. Box 2000 Washington, PA 15301 .
Amanda Gillooly November 14, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Karen, Sen. Solobay emailed me to add that into the story - doing now. Thanks for the additional info, lady!
Tresarmos November 14, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Amanda, Senator Tim is a great advocate for helping those less fortunate as well as promoting 2000 Turkeys! Great article....and timely!! It's almost Thanksgiving. We all feel a lot better enjoying a large Thanksgiving meal with our families, knowing that we donated to providing those less fortunate with a great meal, as well.
Amanda Gillooly November 14, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Byron was one of my good friends during my tenure at the Observer-Reporter—and I know that he and everyone involved is so passionate about this!!

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