Manna Starts Thanksgiving Turkey Drive Tuesday 

Your Facebook feed is likely full of people posting what they are thankful for every day.

November is traditionally a time to give thanks.

For the folks at Manna Ministries in Bangor, it’s time to collect turkeys to make sure Mainers have a meal to give thanks over.

Manna’s Executive Director said this tradition began almost accidentally. “It started with one woman coming in and asking my wife for a turkey and realizing there is a huge need out there for people who want turkeys. So yeah, we’ve done it for the last many, many years I guess to be honest with you, because I really can’t remember, but it’s become part of what we do, part of what the community likes.”

During these last nearly two decades of helping provide a Thanksgiving meal for those in the Greater Bangor Area, he knows it takes a lot for people just to walk in and ask for help.

“To come into the soup kitchen and say, I need a turkey, very humble, and we do everything we can to make that person feel good,’ says Rae. “It is an excellent mother and excellent father that can come in and say ‘I want to take care of my kids, I’m willing to do whatever it takes so that we can sit down together and have something to be thankful for.”

He expects about 6700 turkeys will be needed this year. As of Monday morning, he only had a stockpile of 5 and one chicken. While the task is daunting, Rae is confident. “There is a little part of me every year that does worry about it, then I watch this community, year after year after year, come through at the last minute and I have great faith in the greater Bangor area, it’s a good place to live and it’s a good place to be.”

You can drop off a turkey at 629 Main Street in Bangor. Tuesday the 19th, Kid of the Z107.3 Morning Show will camp out In Brewer to collect turkeys for Manna. Next Thursday, November 21st, one week before Thanksgiving, we here at TV5 will hold our annual Turkey Telethon to benefit Manna. Monday the 25th, they’ll distribute the birds and the trimmings for a Thanksgiving feast.