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NWTF donates turkeys to food pantry

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

With three grown children, 10 grandchildren and a host of other relatives expected on Christmas Day, Eminence resident Marie May is was thankful for the generosity of Henry County’s Patrick Henry Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Secretary/treasurer Tim Jones delivered 10 15-pound frozen turkeys to the Eminence Christian Church to be distributed to area families.

The chapter opened in spring 2002.

Jones said this is the first year for a holiday turkey giveaway. He said the group hopes to make the donations an annual event.

May’s neighbor and friend Barbara Chadwell also picked out a bird for her family’s Christmas dinner.

“I’ve got about ten people coming,” she said. “I’m spending Christmas Day cooking.”

Eminence Christian Church Rev. Sharon Fields said after being contacted by Jones she scrambled to find homes for the turkeys, but was only successful in reaching a few.

“Any we have left over, we’ll refrigerate until after Christmas,” she said.

Jones said NWTF does a lot of good work.

The National Wild Turkey Federation is a national non-profit organization that works to preserve hunting traditions as well as promote education about wild turkey conservation.

Some local beneficiaries are area children.

The group provides an annual scholarship for a student involved in the organization, opportunities to learn how to shoot and practice at Steel Tech’s shooting range and participation in Jake’s (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship). “We introduce kids to wildlife conservation,” Jones said.

For more information about the NWTF’s Patrick Henry Chapter, contact Jones at (502) 648-9681 or Brad Lyons at (502) 220-0499.

 

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