Churches, grocers and kind-hearted souls are organizing to bring 800 turkeys, plus fixings, to needy families in Auburn and Federal Way.
The Community Big Give aims at raising enough donations to send 300 families in Federal Way and 500 in Auburn home with an eco-friendly grocery bag stuffed with Thanksgiving meal basics.
Last year, the Auburn Food Bank, Auburn Top Food & Drug and Northwest Family Church debuted the effort in Auburn. Inspired by that success, Federal Way Top Food & Drug, Open Life Church of Bonney Lake and Christian Faith Center of Federal Way signed on to expand. They hope to raise $18,000 to serve a growing number of people who are on hard times.
Here’s how it works: Suppliers have given discounts on food to Top Foods, which has donated $1,000. Shoppers can pay $10 to donate special bags of stuffing mix, cranberries, vegetables, potatoes, fruit cocktail, biscuit mix, a gravy packet and pumpkin pie filling. On Nov. 21, from 9 to 11 a.m., the bags, with turkeys, will be given away to the first 300 people at the Federal Way Top Foods, 31515 20th Ave. S., and the first 500 at Auburn Top Foods, 1702 Auburn Way N..
Recipients will not be asked to prove that they need the food. The gifts are limited to one per household. Last year, people started lining up at 5 a.m., said Kevin Ohler manager of the Auburn Top Food.
Organizers would be delighted to receive larger monetary donations, which can be made online at www.CommunityBigGive.com, or by calling Northwest Family Church at (253)833-8252