Turkey-A-Thon Raises $30,340.36 for Food Pantries in Washington County

 On Friday, October 14, dozens of volunteers from schools, businesses and community organizations across Washington County spent the day (mostly) outdoors alongside employees from Classic Hits 92.7/95.3 FM Radio, Dunkin Donuts and Healthy Acadia, collecting donations for local food pantries during the 12th annual Turkey-A-Thon. 

 Teams stationed at seven locations throughout Washington County enthusiastically encouraged passersby to support families in need, noting that $12 could purchase a turkey for a family. Broadcasting live from Dunkin Donuts at V.L Tammaro in Calais, Classic Hits 92.7/95.3 FM Radio kept the momentum going throughout the day, even encouraging a little friendly competition as collection sites reported their tallies hourly via phone. 

 The event raised $30,340.36 – the equivalent of 2,538 turkeys – surpassing this year’s goal of 2,500 turkeys. Every dollar raised during the Turkey-A-Thon event will be used to purchase gift certificates from local grocery stores that will be distributed among the 13 Washington County food pantries and emergency food cupboards. The gift certificates will help ensure that local families in need enjoy a healthy holiday meal.

 Classic Hits 92.7/95.3, Dunkin Donuts in Calais and Machias, and Healthy Acadia would like to thank all those who generously donated and/or volunteered their time during the event. If you have not yet donated and would like to make a contribution, please contact Jeff Demmons at Classic Hits: 454-7545 or jeff@wqdy.fm or Gretchen Swain at Healthy Acadia: 255-3741 or gretchen@healthyacadia.org.

 Healthy Acadia is a community health coalition building vibrant communities and making it easier for all people to lead healthy lives throughout Washington and Hancock counties. For more information about Healthy Acadia’s efforts to address food insecurity, and other health initiatives, visit www.healthyacadia.org.