35th Annual "High Five" Turkey Drive

As the holiday season approaches, the AFPD Turkey Drive Committee has pledged to put a turkey on the Thanksgiving table of more than 6,000 families throughout Michigan and Ohio that may not otherwise enjoy this special meal.   

For the past 35 years, AFPD and its members have provided Thanksgiving turkeys to needy families, across metro Detroit, Lansing and, now, Columbus and Cleveland Ohio.

This is the AFPD Foundation’s 35th Annual Michigan Turkey Drive and 6th Annual Ohio Turkey Drive, and each year the list of charitable groups asking for turkeys grows. There are more requests than we could ever fill.  Local charities desperately need our help!

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect, give thanks, and help those who are less fortunate.  We are asking you to pitch in.  A $300 donation to the AFPD Turkey Drive will provide turkeys for 20 families.  When you consider that each turkey serves about 12 people, that equals enough Thanksgiving turkey for 240 people! You can also donate consumable products above and beyond or in lieu of your monetary donation.

It is truly heartwarming to be a part of our Annual Turkey Drive.  To donate, please click the link below or call the AFPD Foundation at (248) 671-9600. 


Help us raise money at your registers and give back to the charity of your choice!  

Your business can generate a significant donation for AFPD’s Annual High Five Turkey Drive by participating in our paper turkey program!  Paper turkeys are a fun, simple way to raise funds while sending a message to your customers and the community that you care about feeding the hungry. Best of all, 100% of the money you raise will go toward purchasing turkeys for a charity of your choice!

Here’s how the paper turkey program works:  
  • AFPD will send you a starter packet which includes posters to place in your store to raise awareness, 80 turkey cut-outs, tape and markers.  
  • Place the paper turkeys at the register and have your cashiers encourage customers to buy a paper turkey for a suggested donation of $1, $5 or even $10.
  • The purchaser can sign the High Five paper turkey and we encourage you to display it prominently in the store. Paper turkeys can be displayed on walls, windows, or hung from the ceiling to generate maximum awareness.
  • Program runs from October 1st – November 6th.  
If your business is interested in selling the High Five Paper Turkeys to benefit the AFPD High Five Turkey Drive, please call Maegan at (800) 666-6233 and we will mail you a starter packet!

2014 Event Recap:

AFPD’s Annual Turkey Drive once gain feeds thousands of families in need

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 34th Turkey Drive, which provides Turkey Dinners to various organizations throughout Metro Detroit as well as Cleveland and Columbus. With your help, we provided 5,800 needy families with turkeys for their Thanksgiving dinners this year! Since its inception, AFPD has delivered more than 65,000 Turkeys to the local community.

"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 DTE Energy. The two teams worked hand- in-hand as vehicles moved along the various food stations to pick up the delivery items.

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.

The AFPD Foundation sincerely thanks everyone who donated to its 34th 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! 

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