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TOM SHERRY: A happy Thanksgiving for everyone

by Tom Sherry

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 19 at 1:12 PM

Due to the generosity in our community, everyone in Spokane should be able to have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

Last Friday and Saturday KREM TV conducted its 9th annual Tom's Turkey Drive. It was an incredible success with more than over 9,200 complete turkey dinners donated and $88,000 raised for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Thank you!

During one of the most serious economic downturns in modern history it is just amazing that this event could be this successful. It speaks volumes about the very good people who call Spokane home. I couldn't be more proud to be your neighbor. It should also be pointed out that many businesses dug down deep and donated money during these hard times to help those in need.

Rosauers Supermarket once again put together a complete turkey dinner for a family of four for a $15.00 donation. Incredible, everything has gone up except the donation price for this Thanksgiving dinner.

Please stop by Rosauers and give your local store manager a thank you. Downtown Toyota, Honda and Lexus stepped up this year to help subsidze the cost of the meal so we could keep the price low.

We found it amazing that a car company would step forward during a bleak sales period and offer to help. Downtown Toyota, Honda and Lexus we couldn't have fed so many families with your help.

Numerica Credit Union has been a longtime sponsor of Tom's Turkey Drive. The company gave incredible cash donations, provided a way to donate online, paid for volunteers t-shirts and this year had an incredible volunteer force at Rosauers helping assist customers with meal purchases.

Many wonderful churches donate or volunteer for the event, but it has to be noted that the congregation at Life Center Church in Spokane has been so incredibly generous to its neighbors. Life Center took up a donation this year and raised more than $25,000 for Tom's Turkey Drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. If that's not incredible enough they've done that YEAR AFTER YEAR!

People in need eat because of the generosity of the Life Center Church congeration. I can't thank you enough.

And to the thousands of Spokanites that purchased Thanksgiving Dinners for their less fortunate neighbors I sincerely thank you. We sometimes describe Spokane as a great place to live because of its many lakes or the great skiing. But the real reason is because of the people... good hearted, hardworking, generous and humble.

I hope your good deed makes you smile this Thursday as you share the table with your family.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!