34th 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 34 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 34th Annual Michigan Turkey Drive and 5th 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. 

2013 Event Recap:

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

2013 sponsors and donors

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. 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.

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.

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! 

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