Today is the second of a four-day “Turkey Drop” project organized by the St. Matthew’s House and Capital Wealth Advisors in Collier County. The Annual Turkey Drop provides low-income and homeless families and individuals with an otherwise unattainable Thanksgiving dinner. Approximately 1,000 dinners and 1,000 sides will be distributed to eligible families and individuals in total during the four-day project.
The behind-the-scenes effort has been a Naples area tradition for more than a decade, kicking off its 11th year of service yesterday by dropping off turkeys at the St. Matthew’s House administrative offices parking lot on Airport Road. A refrigerated truck loaded with turkeys and other seasonal dishes was unloaded by a group of volunteers who spent their afternoon giving to their Naples neighbors.
“The St. Matthew’s House mission is to help the lives of the less fortunate and a lot of work takes place to make that happen every day,” St. Matthew’s House CEO Vann Ellison said. “Thanksgiving requires even more planning and preparation. I am proud of Capital Wealth Advisors for showing everyone the meaning of this important holiday and how the free enterprise system can work on behalf of communities like ours.”
Today’s Turkey Drop is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. for two hours at 2601 Airport Road S. in the parking lot. Long lines are expected as families and individuals sign up for free Thanksgiving dinners. The process includes providing relevant documentation and receiving the form necessary to receive the dinners on distribution day.
On Friday, Collier County Firefighters will host the “Fixings Drop,” which will include parcels of mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, stuffing and corn. The final drop will take place on Monday, November 23 at 12:30 p.m. again at the parking lot on Airport Road S.
“The kick-off of the Turkey Drop is my favorite day of the year, as it gives us an opportunity to give back to the Collier County community,” President and CEO of Capital Wealth Advisors, Bill Beynon, said. “It gives our team the opportunity to participate in a local, non-profit effort to assist others as the holiday season gets underway.”
Beynon and his wife purchased 25 turkeys at Publix after hearing a radio ad for donations at SMH in 2004, delivering them anonymously to the non-profit organization. The amount of turkeys has since grown over the years as Capital Wealth Advisors has grown.
St. Matthew’s House is expecting approximately 750 people on Thanksgiving Day for dinner. The free meal is scheduled to take place from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the shelter location at 2001 Airport Road S. For more information, visit the St. Matthew’s House website at http://stmatthewshouse.org/.
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