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Great Turkey Countdown is here!

Canned goods, frozen turkeys needed to reach goal of serving 1,500 families in need

Calling all turkeys!  Local nonprofit Common Heart is seeking donations to provide 1,500 frozen turkeys with all the fixin’s to 1,500 local families in need so they can prepare their own Thanksgiving feasts. It’s the 14th annual Great Turkey Countdown! 

Last’s year’s Great Turkey Countdown provided Thanksgiving feasts to more than 1,100 families…this year our goal is 1,500 families! Donate now:

This volunteer-driven event is Common Heart’s biggest delivery day and continues to grow, Executive Director Keith Adams said, especially this year as many more families face hunger during the pandemic. 

“The pandemic has really prompted us to step up and act boldly to serve our neighbors and meet needs,” Adams said. “With the opening of our Marshville location, we plan to serve 400 more families this year. When we started this Thanksgiving program 13 years ago, we gave away just over 100 Thanksgiving baskets. The effort – thanks to the community’s generosity –  has grown steadily since then and this year we’ve set a big goal to serve 1,500 families.”    

The first Great Turkey Countdown started on Facebook in 2007. Today, the tradition continues at

Residents can drop off frozen turkeys and other related nonperishables like canned fruits and vegetables, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, creamed soups, macaroni & cheese, cookie or brownie mix etc. at the nonprofit’s office, 116 Business Park Drive, Suite A in Indian Trail, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday to Friday & 8 a.m.- Noon on Saturday. 

Cash donations are also being accepted. Every $30 raised buys a turkey and the fixin’s for one family. To donate online, visit or mail a check (payable to Common Heart) to: PO Box 2761, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Write “Turkeys” in the memo line. 

Volunteers will be needed on Saturday, Nov. 21 to deliver the 1,500 Thanksgiving dinner baskets. Volunteers can sign up online at

The baskets will benefit families throughout Union County, Matthews and Mint Hill. If your family needs a Thanksgiving basket, fill out an application online at:

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