Manchester opens hearts, wallets for Tons of Turkeys
Don Percy, a Laconia volunteer, loads food donated to New Horizons Food Pantry during the annual Tons of Turkeys drive Saturday at Hannaford on John Devine Drive in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
The efforts help people, including Ken and Joanne Leavitt, who waited in line, too, for their holiday meal.
The Manchester couple is sharing their bounty.
"We're having two other people over the house who can't afford it," Mr. Leavitt said.
He expects 200 more families will receive Thanksgiving dinners compared with last year.
The final tally: 22.5 tons of turkeys donated Saturday, compared with 20 tons last year.
"We have a turkey over here!" Fox said, sporting a hat topped with a foam turkey.
Store manager Brian Hayes said customers had purchased about 1,150 boxes and bags at the John Devine store through Friday, "way ahead of last year."
On Saturday morning, Dan Kierstead of Manchester donated three food boxes and two turkeys to the cause.
"I eat, so others should," he said at the checkout line. "We try every Thanksgiving and Christmas to give what we can."
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