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Here’s how your donations to Tom's Turkey Drive gave people a Thanksgiving meal

Your donations gave 11,000 families in the Inland Northwest a Thanksgiving meal. The meals were handed out at the fairgrounds, outlying areas and at Second Harvest.
Credit: KREM
Tom's Turkey Drive Laura Papetti handing out some Thanksgiving meals for during the Tom's Turkey Tuesday distribution day.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Since 1999, Tom’s Turkey Drive has helped feed families in need on Thanksgiving. This year Tom's Turkey Drive was a success with the community meeting the goal of feeding 11,000 families in the Inland Northwest.

“At Tom’s Turkey Drive, there’s a very physical reminder that ‘yeah, people care about you,’” KREM 2’s Tom Sherry said.

Hundreds of volunteers participated in this year’s distribution event, known as Tom’s Turkey Tuesday.

“Everybody’s safe, everybody’s fed, everybody’s housed, but that’s not true for everybody,” one volunteer said. “We’re glad to make life a little bit better for everyone.”

A total of 8,200 Tom's Turkey Drive boxes were handed out at the Spokane County Fairgrounds the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

This year Tom's Tukey Drive included 6,050 hams. These hams were purchased with special Cares Act money donated by Second Harvest.

The meals were handed out at the fairgrounds, outlying areas and at Second Harvest for transit riders.

Many families showed their gratitude to all the community, local donors and volunteers that made this year’s Tom's Turkey Drive possible.

The following quotes are thanks from families that received a Thanksgiving meal this year:

“If you guys didn’t do this, I don’t know how I would survive,” one Spokane resident said.

“It’s a blessing to be able to come out here and get a turkey,” another resident said. “Thank you, Tom!”

"My husband and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts," a family said on an email sent to KREM 2. "We have received the blessing of the turkey drive in years past, but this year was exceptional. We couldn't believe the amount of food in the box this year, plus the ham."

"I want to thank Tom's Turkey Drive today! Very special day! Thank You!," another family said. "The Ham was a major plus. I just want to make sure you know and ALL the volunteers were AWESOME. God bless you ALL and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!"

Here is a photo gallery of the 2021 Tom's Turkey Drive during Tuesday distribution day:

Tom's Turkey Drive is still accepting donations for Thanksgiving meals through the last day of November. We have set-up different ways to give to Tom’s Turkey Drive.

  1. Shop at any area Rosauers the month of November and you can buy a Tom’s Turkey Drive meal for $20. Rosauers will allow you to add it to your grocery bill on-line or in-store.
  2. You can donate to 2-harvest.org/turkeydrive
  3. You can mail a check to Second Harvest, 1234 E. Front Ave, Spokane, WA 99203

Share with us your Thanksgiving meal pictures in our "Near me" feature that lets users send in their photos and videos directly inside the KREM 2 app. You can also send your photos to our email at pics@krem.com or by texting our station newsroom number at 509-448-2000. Here is a link with instructions on how you can share your photos to KREM to have them appear on our website and app.

KREM 2 wants to thank all the donors, organizers, volunteers and the community that supported this year’s Tom's Turkey Drive.

If you didn't make it to Tom's Turkey Drive on Tuesday, here is a link with the list of local places where you can get free food or boxed meals in the Spokane area.