TULSA - Hundreds of families depend on the generosity of others for a hot meal on Thanksgiving, but this year those families are at risk of going hungry.
Two organizations that provide Thanksgiving food baskets to less fortunate families are in need of turkeys.
The freezers at John 3:16 would normally be full of turkeys a few days before Thanksgiving.
But this year, the faith-based organization is short about 1,800 turkeys.
"Typically we'll see around 5,000 families. This year we anticipate seeing a few more than that," said Rev. Steve Whitaker, president and senior pastor of John 3:16.
Whitaker said the organization is also low on canned goods, stuffing and the usual staples needed for a Thanksgiving dinner.
John 3:16 plans to distribute food baskets to families starting on Monday morning.
"If they follow history, they'll be here at midnight standing in line so they can get their basket," said Whitaker.
The process should be completed on Wednesday.
John 3:16 is not the only organization in need of donations.
For the past 30 years, the Christian Ministers Alliance has provided Thanksgiving food to low-income families.
"We provide about 2,500 to 3,000 food baskets to needy families," said the Rev. W.R. Casey.
Casey said the alliance still needs about 400 turkeys this year.
"The need is greater this year than it ever has been," said Casey.
Casey said the Christian Ministers Alliance will distribute food baskets on Tuesday at Booker T.
HOW TO HELP
To donate to John 3:16, bring turkeys to either of their locations: 2027 North MLK Boulevard or 506 North Cheyenne.
Donations can also be dropped off at any Under the Sun Garden Center, which has agreed to match each donation.
To donate to the Christian Ministers Alliance, call Rev. W.R. Casey at 918-951-7407.
Monetary donations are also accepted.
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