RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will deliver 500 turkeys to area families on Wednesday ahead of Thanksgiving. Team staff members will distribute the turkeys to Helping Hand Mission, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh Rescue Mission and Urban Ministries of Wake County from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
"Delivering turkeys to our community at Thanksgiving has been a long-standing tradition for our organization, and this year it means a little more," said Waddell. "There are a lot of families in need this year, and we are happy to be able to help provide our neighbors with a proper Thanksgiving meal."
The turkey distribution which will take place as follows:
- 9:30 a.m.: Deliver turkeys to Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (1001 Blair Dr., Raleigh, N.C. 27603)
- 9:50 a.m.: Deliver turkeys at Helping Hand Mission (623 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh, N.C. 27610)
- 10:10 a.m.: Deliver turkeys to Raleigh Rescue Mission (314 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, N.C. 27601)
- 10:30 a.m.: Deliver turkeys to Urban Ministries of Wake County (1390 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, N.C. 27603)
Turkeys will be cooked and served to individuals and families on Thanksgiving or redistributed to members of the community for their Thanksgiving meals.
This marks the 10th year of the Hurricanes' Thanksgiving partnership with Helping Hand Mission, third with Raleigh Rescue Mission, and second with Urban Ministries of Wake County and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. This year's donations were made possible by the generous support of the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation Board Members. Turkey deliveries have led to thousands of donations to local nonprofits in an effort to support our community and help ensure full meals during Thanksgiving.
About Helping Hand Mission
Helping Hand Mission provides relief and support to families in need by distributing food and clothing, directing individuals to appropriate sources for help, training and educating individuals to help them find employment, restoring dignity, and helping persons become self-sufficient. Helping Hand Mission is a previous Food Drive recipient and has been a turkey recipient for a decade through a partnership created by the late Doris Barksdale, a long-time Canes employee.
About Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle pioneers innovative, transformative solutions designed to end hunger in our community. The Food Shuttle operates in a seven-county service area in central North Carolina, including: Wake, Durham, Johnston, Orange, Chatham, Nash and Edgecombe counties. Inter-Faith has a long-standing relationship with the team. Most recently as a Goal Grant recipient of the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation and will receive $150,000 over a three-year period to help conquer food insecurity and improve the health and wellbeing of at-risk children Johnston, Nash and Edgecombe County. Inter-Faith has also been a recipient of the Canes Food Drive and other grants from the Foundation.
About Raleigh Rescue Mission
Raleigh Rescue Mission is dedicated to serving the homeless in our community. Through programming, Raleigh Rescue Mission focuses on assisting those who are ready to make a commitment to transforming their lives and working to overcome the negative factors that led to homelessness. The organization has been a recipient of the Hurricanes Heroes ticket donation program and a toy drive recipient.
About Urban Ministries of Wake County
Urban Ministries of Wake County engages the community to serve and advocate on behalf of those affected by poverty by providing food and nutrition, promoting health and wellness, and by laying the foundations of home. The organization has been a Carolina Hurricanes Foundation grant recipient and a food drive recipient from the Canes organization.