Local church to distribute 500 turkeys to needy families

December 15, 2008

By Staff

Issaquah’s Eastridge Christian Assembly members will distribute 500 free turkeys and a bag of groceries to local families in need Dec. 20.

For six years, the church has distributed turkeys once during the holiday season, but never twice. Before Thanksgiving, the church distributed 1,000 turkeys between its Issaquah and Seattle campuses, said spokeswoman Suzanne Wicker. 

Members will give out the same amount again this time.

“The Thanksgiving giveaway began at 9 a.m., but people lined up as soon as 7:30,” she said. “By 10 a.m., all of the turkeys were distributed. That should tell you there are a lot of people in need in Issaquah.”  

The turkeys and groceries will be distributed at 9 a.m. Dec. 20 at the future site of the Issaquah campus of Eastridge Christian Assembly, 24105 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road. The turkeys and groceries will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, with no demonstration of need required to receive the help. The groceries include stuffing, a vegetable and packaged mashed potatoes.

Holidays can be difficult for families struggling financially, and with the current economic climate, this year has the potential to be challenging for many throughout the region, Wicker said. 

“Many people think there are no needy people in Issaquah, but that’s not true,” she said. “The demand is overwhelming. We want to help make people’s holiday a little better.”

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