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More Turkeys Needed for 'Thanksgiving for All' Campaign

An estimated 9,000 more turkeys are needed by Monday if Connecticut Food Bank is to match the amount it distributed at Thanksgiving last year.

An estimated 9,000 more turkeys are needed by Monday if Connecticut Food Bank is to match the amount of turkeys distributed at Thanksgiving last year. And with Thanksgiving one week away, Connecticut Food Bank is asking the public to help provide low-income families with a holiday meal this year.

Last year, Connecticut Food Bank distributed more than 25,000 turkeys and more than 360,000 pounds of “trimmings” to agencies feeding people in six of Connecticut’s eight counties.  

While the people of Connecticut have been especially generous to their neighbors who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, the food bank is now in need of turkeys and other food items so the 300,000 people served by its network of soup kitchens and food pantries enjoy a holiday meal.

The turkeys and “trimmings” collected are distributed to food-assistance programs in the days before Thanksgiving. The funds are being used to purchase additional holiday food and for the distribution of the donated food throughout Connecticut.

If you would like to donate, click here for Connecticut Food Bank’s locations and extended holiday hours, find a food drive on an events calendar or donate online to the Thanksgiving for All virtual food drive. 

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Catherine & Dennis November 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Wow, the majority of this post is a sad commentary of what we have all become. I hope those that posted about their hard times find good ones soon, those that posted they are sick I wish good health -everyone else Happy Thanksgiving. Catherine.
Kaptainsteve November 22, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Oh wait, it's a Jim G post, certain to be nothing much more than a statement of his position, an ad hominem attack or two and backed by absolutely no facts to discredit what he says is not true, or substantiate what he says is true... true to form, Jimbo. Jim/Liberal Manual to Debate; Step 1; Blame Bush whether he was previously mentioned or supported at all. Since Obama's re-election this has been modified to "your man lost, get over it." Step 2; Blame the wealthy, the richest 1% and those who just don't want to "pay their fair share." In other words, you should love being forced to surrender your labor for the benefit of those liberals deem needy. Step 3; Compare everything anyone else says to a Marxist Utopia that's never ever been created. Ex. "Who'll build the roads, what about parents who don't care or who'll pay for those who can't afford it?" Step 4; Liberals love to make accusations or cite facts with no support whatsoever, then, they will discredit EVERY fact or accusation their opponent makes for not providing support while offering no proof otherwise themselves. Step 5; When all else fails, liberals love the ad hominem attack. "Racist," "selfish" or "greedy" are favorites along with you get all your information from "faux news," "living in caves" and "tin foil hats." You will seldom see any other liberal arguments that aren't a variation of the above few statements, EVER!
Pro Death November 23, 2012 at 09:59 PM
@ stormj, I'm sure I've been called many things in my life and some may be true but one thing I am not and never have been is a liar, I will always tell you how I feel whether your gonna like it or not.
Pro Death November 23, 2012 at 10:33 PM
@ Jim G. and Carol. This is still happening today, I know for a fact. cashiers ring up different merchandise instead of the booze and smokes. always costs more but they can use both types of cards. Another way they get around the SNAP card is offer to buy someone in the grocery store parking lot seventy five bucks worth of food for fifty bucks cash. Unfortunate to have a junkie in the family, I have learned way more than I ever wanted too.
wtfdrez November 24, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Lucy Bonala- Speaking only for myself. I absolutely believe that the government has a responsibility to take care of people who are down and out for as long as they need help. I believe that the system caters to healthly young lazy adults who think that they are owed something. My father worked hard his entire life, never enjoyed a vacation, often missing out on life's little pleasures, like spending a holiday with his family. He got very sick with parkinson's disease and was forced to retire. He spent every dime of his life's savings to live in a nursing home and now that his money is gone, he relies on his social security and government assistance and he deserves it !!!!!!!! Lucy, you need to educate yourself, you have no clue what the Republican party stands for. As far as your "rich" tax break comment, maybe you should have aspirations to make money and become weathly and than you can donate a million turkeys to the needy.
Hope T November 24, 2012 at 01:37 PM
If a family's stove no longer works and they don't have the money to fix it, then prepared foods are the answer. Low income families may tend to be more overweight than those who can afford special diets, as their budgets go further with pastas and prepared foods than with healthier, less starchy alternatives. I'm rather disappointed that an article about charity turns into a scathing debate over how irresponsible less fortunate people are. Do a shopping test.....see how much you spend on the ingredients for lasagna then compare to Stauffers. You will be surprised I'm sure.
Hope T November 24, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Kristin, I am so sorry to hear of your condition and the changes it imposes on your family. I am hoping there is relief for you. But I am sure there is no shortage of love and happiness, and your children won't care what's on the table as long as you are there. Bless you!
BJ November 24, 2012 at 02:52 PM
wtfdrez, you write: "I absolutely believe that the government has a responsibility to take care of people..." Really? Is the government now a 'person' too? Making the government responsible gives democrats the out they need to NOT take personal responsibility (as the human compassion gods they claim to be). As humans we are responsible to each other. As soon as you say "not me, them" you no longer deserve to be called human.
Jim G. November 24, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Government *is* people - us. I am puzzled when someone says "government should stay out of _______," but then get up on a soapbox and say "we are responsible to each other." Yes, we are. And government *is* the form of that collective responsibility. Those who demonize the concept may as well be shrieking about how evil their own legs are.
Jim G. November 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM
...not that any of the gummint-is-eeevil crowd seems to have noticed that there's no government involvement in this program - Connecticut Food Bank is a private nonprofit, not a governmental welfare fountain. So (as others have pointed out) this is really the wrong thread to be screeching about gummint waste and giveaways.
R Eleveld November 24, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Jim, I have read your posts of we are government and government is us several times. I have pondered this and it dawned on me that you are correct, and yet, incorrect at the same time. Yes we are the government as in we put people in power over us through elections. That means the government is our collective creation of sorts. It is empowered to do certain things that the majority seems to believe is in their best interest. This is arguable often. However that collective union is not always what we the people thought it would be when they created it. Just as the Bolsheviks in overthrowing the Czars thought they would end up with a workers’ paradise and instead ended up with a state where poverty was the norm and not the exception. Just as the Germans in ‘free’ elections put Hitler in power and we know what he wrought. Just as the Egyptians voted and placed the Muslim Brotherhood in power. Based upon your comments they collectively agreed to what is looking today like a dictatorship? The issue is that when people get into power their interests are often not aligned with the interests of the masses, and the system of government is not necessarily aligned with the people. A Congressman that wants to benefit consumers by reducing swipe fees, thinking it will lower costs to consumers. The result is higher bank costs affecting everyone, and no reduction in the price of goods or services that were the intent of the legislation. [Continued]
R Eleveld November 24, 2012 at 11:42 PM
[Continued] Look at a union a proletarian enterprise at least in theory. The bosses elected by the members are interested in the employees for the ability to pay fees, but as in Hostess they are OK with everyone losing their jobs in a game of chicken. The real issue may surprise you, link [McGurn, Hostess, WSJ]not yet available. Government is of us, but it is also not of our making. Its concerns do not always align with our as history tells us. So your comment is correct and yet incorrect because human nature and power will always find a way to subvert the process. Today you can look at Egypt and Hostess as two examples in the news.
Bill November 25, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Point of order, the czars were overthrown by the people in the February revolution and set up a provisional government. Later in October the Bolsheviks took advantage of the chaos to overthrow the provisional government set up by the people and put in place essentially a dictatorship. The Bolsheviks knew exactly what they were trying to do and got exactly what they wanted, essentially a dictatorship.
R Eleveld November 25, 2012 at 04:14 AM
ill I stand corrected.... The people overthrew the czars and that opened the door for the Bolsheviks... The Bolsheviks offered a workers paradise which was not the actual outcome.
Hope T November 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM
So many people have become so engrossed in blaming government that they have totally lost sight of the fact that if our communities are to improve, the people, AS people, need to step up and get involved.. Get off the soap boxes of theoretical should be's and consider your neighbors, your friends, and the strangers in need around you every day. If a friendly smile can give someone a sense of hope, then being humanitarian and giving without political prejudice can be an amazing thing. You have seen comments by SO many people that have been in the position of needing help, and you reply with statistics and political posturing. I hope no one ever needs assistance in their futures. But if you do, I hope your words will sustain you and that instead of compassion and assistance you are given diatribes. Happy Holidays, but most of all, the hope of the future for those going through hard times who may not see much hope at all.
Kaptainsteve November 25, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Jim G. Says; ""Government *is* people - us." I wonder if Jim G would say that Corporations *is* people - us.? Probably not, but I wonder what's the difference? And, the "the gummint-is-eeevil crowd," like me say that government can't "give" anything it doesn't first take from others, and this is only after it takes it's cut. In essence, all this philanthropic giving is taken from others, of whom it belongs, and giving to others, to whom it doesn't belong. Somehow how the "Gummit is the answer to every ill" crowd, Jim G included, believe stealing is ok when the gummit does it. You wealth is only your wealth when the majority say so. Your labor is only yours when Jim G and his merry band of philanthropists say so. You labor is essentially theirs as it must be, as it's for the good of the collective and you, or anything, mustn't get in their way. The good of the whole is greater than the individual sum of it's parts. YOU must be sacrificed for OUR own good. If only you were smart enough or caring enough to understand, you wouldn't have to be forced and your labor stolen by majority rule. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need," whether you like it or not.
Guido November 25, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Kaptainsteve, Bill, R Eleveld, BJ: can you see Russia from your house, too?
Jim G. November 25, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Your ability to discard the obvious and whip up fantasy versions of reality remains exceptional. As always, I assume that gummint provides you with no benefits, services or positive value at all, thus excepting you from any acknowledgement of its role in modern society. Sorry, I'll translate that for you: Ook ook, ug, ug-ug; gaaaaah, ook.
R Eleveld November 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM
@Hope, your comments are directed at others I hope, since if they were directed at me, they are mis-placed. At a young age I was taught by my parents to get involved a characteristic I am passing onto my daughter as well. My parents were also involved and believed that if every person did a single day of community work in a year that we as a society would be better off. Something unfortunately we do not see today. Unlike many in our communities I am part of that group that is involved. Yes I am involved politically and have held public office with no compensation, and am still involved in my local government; I am involved with the FreeMasons, a fraternity that has annually saved hundreds of lives through Red Cross Blood Drives, and they work to protect children, provided scholarships to students among other things; I am involved with Rotary an organization that saves 100’s of thousands of lives annually through clean water projects and efforts to eradicate Polio, and also we assist our communities that we serve including providing scholarships to our students and feeding the hungry at soup kitchens among other things; I hold directorships in non profits as well. I am not here to toot my own horn, but your comment as I said mis-placed.
John Martin November 25, 2012 at 09:26 PM
If you wrap it well, you can freeze butter for up to 9 months.
BJ November 25, 2012 at 09:33 PM
And your point is?
Kaptainsteve November 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM
@Robert Cap; Yet another ad hominem attack with no explanation or support whatsoever.
Kaptainsteve November 25, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Another vintage Jim G post, certain to be nothing much more than a statement of his position, an ad hominem attack or two and backed by absolutely no facts to discredit what he says is not true, or substantiate what he says is true... true to form, Jimbo. Jim/Liberal Manual to Debate; Step 1; Blame Bush whether he was previously mentioned or supported at all. Since Obama's re-election this has been modified to "your man lost, get over it." Step 2; Blame the wealthy, the richest 1% and those who just don't want to "pay their fair share." In other words, you should love being forced to surrender your labor for the benefit of those liberals deem needy. Step 3; Compare everything anyone else says to a Marxist Utopia that's never ever been created. Ex. "Who'll build the roads, what about parents who don't care or who'll pay for those who can't afford it?" [here; "modern society." Step 4; Liberals love to make accusations [here; "discard the obvious"]or cite facts with no support whatsoever, then, they will discredit EVERY fact or accusation their opponent makes for not providing support while offering no proof otherwise themselves. Step 5; When all else fails, liberals love the ad hominem attack. "Racist," "selfish" or "greedy" are favorites along with you get all your information from "faux news," "living in caves" and "tin foil hats." [here, "Ook ook, ug, ug."]
Hope T November 26, 2012 at 05:04 AM
@R Eleveld, no my comment was not directed at anyone in particular, and certainly not to someone who obviously gives of themselves to actively try to make a positive difference in their community. The majority of responses have been quite the opposite and it is disappointing but a sign of the times. Very sad times at that.
Marty Salvatore November 26, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Holy Christ! Do you guys harass Salvation Army Santas, too? Only on The Patch can an appeal for charity turn into a political pissing contest! Don't you guys get sick of this? Ever?
Darrell Lucas November 26, 2012 at 06:19 AM
thumbs up...
Mitch Turlington November 26, 2012 at 08:25 AM
It doesn't matter. They'll all be dead in fifty years, and rotting in the ground. They'll have squandered their lives on some notion, such as Christ. Absurdity is hilarious, but it never wins. MITCH TURLINGTON ALWAYS WINS.
R Eleveld November 26, 2012 at 02:34 PM
@Hope, I fully concur with your comment.
Guido November 26, 2012 at 03:21 PM
More turkeys not needed here. What is needed is a turkey shoot.
Mitch Turlington November 26, 2012 at 04:49 PM
From the blog-queen himself. Touche!

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