FW Food Bank Overflows with Donations After Running Out of Turkeys

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DALLAS — Fire up those ovens, DFW is heating up for Thanksgiving! Just check out the Salvation Army in Dallas.

“Tomorrow, we will serve about 1,200 lbs of turkey, 2,200 slices of pie, over 500 lbs of mashed potatoes, and green beans, and the stuffing and all the fixings. And it just shows the generosity of the community to be able to do this,” said Major Jonathan Rich, DFW Metroplex Commander at the Salvation Army.

“It takes a week, a complete week, to get all this done,” Chef Modesto Robledo said.  “We’re blessed to be able to help the people and have the meals for tomorrow.”

While the folks over here have plenty, it was a different tune Tuesday in Fort Worth when the Community Food Bank were short more than 1,000  turkeys.

“Monday and Tuesday, we turned people away,” explained Regena Taylor, Executive Director at the Community Food Bank in Fort Worth. “I believe everyone’s going to get a turkey today."

That’s because donations were in overdrive Tuesday night.

“We had a law firm that brought his office here and they donated 200 turkeys. They just weren’t turkeys, they were Butterball turkeys.  And it reminded me of the verse in the Bible where Jesus turned water into wine. And they say, most people give the best wine out first, and they saved the best for last,” Taylor said.  “What the media does is truly a blessing. Because of the media, we’re able to feed families and feed hope. There’s a lot of hungry families with babies in their belly, that are seniors, that are in wheelchairs, that because of the media, they’re going to get turkeys today.”

“I have four children,” Isabel Sigala said. “We needed a turkey for our family, for our kids.”

“Good, real good. I was so happy,” her son Miguel Casas said.

“I pay $800 a month on rent and utilities and I receive assistance, but it’s not enough to make it to the end of the month,”  Ested Cipriano explained.  “I’m ecstatic. I’m excited. I’m very, very blessed that the Lord brought me here today.”