RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will deliver 1,000 turkey breasts to area families on Wednesday ahead of Thanksgiving. Team staff members, including former Hurricanes Justin Williams and Shane Willis, will distribute the turkey to Helping Hand Mission, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Raleigh Rescue Mission and Urban Ministries of Wake County from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
"Our organization takes great pride in providing turkey to our community every Thanksgiving," said Waddell. "There are many families in the Triangle who are struggling as a result of the pandemic, and we are thrilled to help provide them with proper Thanksgiving meals."
Turkey will be cooked and served to individuals and families on Thanksgiving or redistributed to members of the community for their Thanksgiving meals.
Contributions for the turkey came from the Hurricanes' Tickets for Turkeys campaign, through which a portion of every ticket sold went toward the purchase of turkey.
Additional support was graciously provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) through the Assist for Hunger program. For every Canes assist this season, Blue Cross NC contributes to combat food insecurity in our community. This marks the 11th year of the Hurricanes' Thanksgiving partnership with Helping Hand Mission, fourth with Raleigh Rescue Mission and third with Urban Ministries of Wake County and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Turkey deliveries have led to thousands of donations to local nonprofits in support of our community and help provide full meals at Thanksgiving.
Along with donating turkey, the Carolina Hurricanes held a food drive earlier in November to help local food banks provide meals for those in need this holiday season. They collected 1,012 non-perishable items which were donated to TABLE and the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina.
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. Over the years, the organization has received multiple grants and been a food drive recipient.
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.