33rd Annual High Five Turkey Drive
For the past 33 years, AFPD and its members have provided Thanksgiving turkeys to needy families, across metro Detroit, Lansing and, now, Columbus and Cleveland Ohio. With your help, we provided 5,800 needy families with turkeys for their Thanksgiving dinners this year!
The AFPD Foundation sincerely thanks everyone who donated to its 33rd Annual Thanksgiving High Five Turkey Drive. However, we always need your help for next year! We appreciate any and all donations as every dollar counts! This is a charitable event and all donations are 100% tax deductible. Click below to donate online.
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Giving thanks by giving back
AFPD’s Annual Turkey Drive once gain feeds thousands of families in need Kris Harris
On a cold and wet morning on Detroit’s west side, a half-mile stretch of vehicles waited on Lyndon street to pull into Motown Snack Foods for AFPD's annual Turkey Drive. The weather did not dampen the spirit of holiday season and the gift of giving.
The drive can certainly be deemed a success — not only did several people and various organizations rally together for the cause — the event was well organized and moved along seamlessly. According to AFPD member Ed Bahoura, the association has stepped up its efficiency over the last year. "We ended up doing maybe, thirty-five more and we did it in half the time," said Bahoura.
This was AFPD's 33rd Turkey Drive, which provides Turkey Dinners to various organizations throughout Metro Detroit as well as Cleveland and Columbus. Since its inception, AFPD has delivered more than 65,000 Turkeys to the local community.
The drive has expanded since the early days when the association only delivered Turkeys. Included today are other donated food items. Libby's Green Beans, Faygo Pop, Tom's Chips, Ohana Soda and Ramen Noodles were just some of the items included in this year's dinner. However, this year's items also included hats and gloves to help bring a little extra warmth to this year's delivery.
"Many retailers and other local businesses have given generously to this program,” said Auday Arabo, AFPD President & CEO. “This is one way our local independent retailers work together with the community to provide needy families with a holiday meal.”
Volunteers play a significant role in AFPD’s charity events and the success of this year's Turkey Drive relied on the muscle from Blue Cross Blue Shield and The University of Detroit Mercy Men's Club Hockey Team. The two teams worked hand- in-hand as vehicles moved along the various food stations to pick up the delivery items.
Tiffany Otis-Albert, director of external sales distribution and strategic sales for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, looked forward to helping out once again. "We very excited about the opportunity to be able to give back to the local community with which we work in and service. It's exciting to see all the trucks and vans lined up around the block waiting to get turkeys. We know we are actually making a difference and helping people in need to have a nice Thanksgiving meal," said Otis-Albert.
The University of Detroit Mercy Men's Club Hockey Team was also on hand delivering Turkeys. Club member, Ian Bever said the team has really embraced the Turkey Drive. "We got involved in the program three years ago. They invited us the first year and guys really liked it, so we've come every year and it's been a great experience for us," said Bever.
Giving thanks is at the heart of the Thanksgiving holiday, but when you give of your time, resources and talent, it can help turn thanks into Thank You.