Jefferson Council’s Thanksgiving Deeds
By Eric Hendrixson
The holiday season is starting, which means that the Jefferson Council has just finished their annual Turkey Drive. I interviewed several Jefferson Council members to find out exactly what the Turkey Drive is and how Charter is involved in it.
First, I interviewed junior council member Mary McCann. She told me that the Turkey Drive was a fundraiser started by Norman Oliver of Nor Enterprises, and that the drive delivers turkeys to Boy’s and Girl’s clubs and nursing homes that otherwise would not have had turkeys for Thanksgiving. Charter has been a participant in the Turkey Drive for the past five years.
McCann explained that on the designated date, November 22nd of this year, the Jefferon Council helps deliver the turkeys as far away as Seaford. In some cases they even have the opportunity to interact with the people they directly impact. McCann noted that seeing the people she helps “makes it feel much more real.”
Senior member Chris Avila gave us some statistics on the productivity of the Drive over the years. In its early stages, the Turkey drive brought in around 20 turkeys. This year, CSW alone raised 35 turkeys and $900, the total equivalent of 90 turkeys.
Another junior council member Domenica Proud told us, “A highlight of the Jefferson Council's service calendar each year is its participation in Norman Oliver's annual turkey drive. This year, the 34th of the event, schools and volunteers from across the state donated and delivered almost 3,000 turkeys to Delaware families in need. Our day began early with stops to senior centers in the city of Wilmington where we were met by community leaders, fellow high school students, and enthusiastic and appreciative residents. For the next eight hours, our caravan traveled to Milford and back, stopping at every Boys and Girls Club on the way! Everyone who participates finds the energy of the event contagious - from the rowdy 87ers to the toddler in a turkey costume, the best of the holiday season is evident throughout the day! Jefferson Council would like to thank the Charter community for its continued support of this amazing event, including the donation of 90 turkeys that we were able to contribute!”