SHARON – Today marks the start of The Herald Good News Fund’s 27th 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 all of 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 pantries. For its 2018 food drive, the Good News Fund has set a goal of buying 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 taxfree 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, 201A Erie St., 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 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; and Mercer – Loves & Fishes Food Pantry.

Also, 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.

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