MERCER COUNTY AREA —
Today marks the start of The Herald Good News Fund’s annual drive that will provide turkeys for Christmas to families that ordinarily would be unable to afford such a holiday staple.
The year-round fund is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, created by local community leaders to benefit the entire Mercer County.
Because the foundation is tax-exempt, all donations are tax-deductible.
From the donations, turkeys will be provided to local families through Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County and its network of 16 pantries.
In its first 17 years, The Good News Fund has generated almost $200,000, all of which has bought turkeys and other food for the needy. The turkeys, nearly 10,000, have weighed between 12 and 14 pounds each.
For its 2013 food drive, The Good News Fund has set a goal of buying 1,200 turkeys for distribution in the Mercer County area.
Throughout its history, the fund has garnered most of its contributions from hundreds of local families and several professional offices and businesses.
Turkeys will be bought through D’Onofrio’s Food Center in Hermitage and delivered to the warehuse through arrangements by the store with its supplier.
As the appeal moves through the holiday season, donors are being acknowledged in The Herald.
Residents wanting to make a tax-free contribution should make their checks payable to The Good News Fund and mail them in care of The Herald, Box 51, Sharon 16146. Contributions may be dropped off at The Herald office, 52 S. Dock St., in Sharon or at the Allied News office in Grove City.
The fund offers readers the option of making a donation in the name of a friend or family member as a holiday gift idea.
The turkeys are distributed by the Community Food Warehouse through these pantries:
Farrell – Prince of Peace Center; Greenville – Good Shepherd Center and Salvation Army; Grove City – Grace Community Food Pantry; Hermitage – Holy Cross Orthodox Church; Jamestown – Jamestown Food Pantry; and Mercer – Loves & Fishes Food Pantry.
In New Wilmington – New Life Baptist Church; Sharon – Christ Lutheran Church, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Episcopal Community Services, First Baptist Church, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, Sts. Peter and Paul Evangelical Church and the Salvation Army; and Stoneboro – Lakeview Helping Hands Center.