SHARON – Today marks the start of The Herald Good News Fund’s 28th annual drive, which will provide turkeys for Christmas to families who would otherwise 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 all of Mercer County.

Because the foundation is tax-exempt, all donations are tax-deductible.

The donations will provide turkeys to local families through Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County and its network of pantries. For its 2020 food drive, the Good News Fund has set a goal of raising $18,500 to buy 1,100 turkeys for distribution in the Mercer County area.

Throughout its history, the fund has garnered most of its contributions from thousands of local families, offices and businesses.

Turkeys will be bought through D’Onofrio’s Food Center in Hermitage.

As the appeal moves through the season, donors will be acknowledged in The Herald. Residents wanting to make a tax-free contribution should make checks payable to the Good News Fund and mail them in care of The Herald, Box 51, Sharon 16146. Contributions may also be dropped off at The Herald’s office, 52 S. Dock St. in Sharon.

The fund offers readers the option of making a donation in the name of a friend or family member as a holiday gift idea.

Turkeys are distributed by the food warehouse through these pantries: Farrell – Prince of Peace Center, Cedar Avenue Church of God and Valley Baptist Church; Greenville – Good Shepherd Center and Salvation Army; Grove City – Grace Community Food Pantry; Jamestown – Jamestown Food Pantry; Mercer – Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry; Sharon – Christ Lutheran Church, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Episcopal Community Services, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, Sts. Peter and Paul Evangelical Church and the Salvation Army; and Stoneboro – Lakeview Helping Hands Center.