Butler County Times Gazette
  • Collecting Thanksgiving turkeys

  • Graphic Concepts, Inc. began its 7th Annual Turkey Drive Tuesday morning in hopes of beating their previous record. Last year, the group collected 163 turkeys and $3,400 in cash donations to give to the needy families of Butler County.
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  • Graphic Concepts, Inc. began its 7th Annual Turkey Drive Tuesday morning in hopes of beating their previous record. Last year, the group collected 163 turkeys and $3,400 in cash donations to give to the needy families of Butler County.
    “We really hope to beat what we were able to do last year,” said GCI employee Sammy Smith.
    The drive, which is partnered with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office began when GCI owner Sara Owens saw a need to help the community around the holidays.
    “I saw a need in the community and we stepped up,” said Owens.
    The drive doesn’t end with just the collection of the turkeys, GCI’s partner, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office has taken on the task of delivering the food items to the families in need.
    “The Butler County Sheriff’s Office gets phone calls from the families in need of help and then a list is made of those families,” said Smith. “Depending on how much food we get and how much money we are able to raise, we donate to all the families we can on that list.
    “We don’t just deliver turkeys to the families,” said Smith. “We collect turkeys, cash donations and perishable food items like potatoes and green beans too. We don’t give just a turkey to the families, we give the whole thanksgiving dinner.”
    The GCI crew plans to continue to hold the turkey drive for many more years.
    “I like helping people and making sure that people get what they need,” said Smith. “It’s fun to help people out like this and it gives me that feel good feeling. I want to do this next year and for many many more years after that.”
    This year, the group gathered 128 turkeys and $5,437 in cash donations.
    Kari Adams can be reached at kadams@butlercountytimesgazette.com.
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