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Raleigh, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes delivered 1,050 turkeys to local families in time for Thanksgiving, according to Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The team distributed turkeys to the following organizations:
· Urban Ministries of Wake County
· Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
· Raleigh Rescue Mission
· Helping Hand Mission
· Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
· StepUp Ministry
Hurricanes alumni, Erik Cole, also joined in distributing the turkeys.
“Sometimes people don’t have things and these nice people give us things that we need,” said 9- year-old, Neriah Exum.
Aside from the Hurricanes delivering, StepUp Ministry picked up 10 turkeys from PNC Arena.
Turkeys are expected to be cooked and served to individuals and families on Thanksgiving or redistributed to members of the community for their Thanksgiving meals.
Hurricanes’ Tickets for Turkeys campaign contributed, through which a portion of every ticket sold went toward the purchase of turkeys.
“It feels good, it feels good to be able to help, you know what I mean,” said Nick Robertson, Urban Ministries of Wake County Hunger and Nutrition Program Manager.
“This is our super bowl week, this is the busiest week we have all year by far,” said Robertson.
This is the first year the Hurricanes has partnered with Urban Ministries of Wake County, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and StepUp Ministry, the second year with Raleigh Rescue Mission, and ninth year of partnering with Helping Hand Mission.