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Kelowna students gear up for 6th annual turkey drive later this month

Students at Immaculata Regional High School are gearing up for their 6th annual turkey drive in support of the Central Okanagan Food Bank (COFB).

On Friday, Dec. 15, students will be set up to accept turkey and monetary donations, with all funds going directly towards the purchase of more turkeys.

This year, students have a goal of collecting at least 250 turkeys to supplement the total need for Christmas Food Hampers, which will help feed those in need during the holidays.

Last year, the event brought in 282 turkeys.

“Knowing that ALL donations… (whether it is an actual turkey, cash, or a gift card) will directly put a turkey on the table of a less fortunate family in our community is something that every donor can feel really good about,” says Jim Hare, event founder.

“And for the (sixth) year running we are blessed with the support of Immaculata Regional High School who most graciously continue to host this very important community event.”

A release from the school says that the COFB has seen an increase of more than 30% in visits, with the largest growing demographic being dual income, low-wage households.

Trina Speiser, director of revenue for the food bank, says they currently serve 7,500 individuals a month and those numbers are expected to continue growing due to the high cost of living.

“We are once again proud to host this event in support of the Central Okanagan Food Bank during their lead up to the Christmas season, while in turn helping local families who are in need,” says Rob Plaxton, Principal of Immaculata Regional High School.

Anyone looking to donate to the cause can stop by the school, located at 1493 KLO Road, between 6:30 and 10 am on Dec. 15.

If you are dropping off a turkey, the school asks that you ensure it is frozen.

If you are unable to attend the event, it will be broadcast on the K96.3 morning show.

Thumbnail photo credit: Central Okanagan Food Bank

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