60 Hours to Fight Hunger a Huge Success


By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The annual 60 Hours to Fight Hunger turkey drive is in the books.

And, thanks to the generosity of many in our community, it was a huge success.

After 60 hours of round–the–clock effort, more than one–thousand local families will have a turkey dinner this Thanksgiving.

"I think we unofficially collected about 1,735," said Ken Robinette, South Central Community Action Partnership, Executive Director.

Funds are still rolling in on the non–profit's website, a new addition to this year's donation drive.

"We also have an online campaign that you can go to. There's still time, so people can still contribute if they'd like," said Robinette

It's the generosity of local people and businesses that continue to make the event a success.
"Rob Green, we had of course Con Paulos, Subway those folks have come back year after year. But, we also had some new folks," said Robinette.

Glanbia wrote a check for $1, 000 Friday night.

That's enough to buy turkeys for fifty families.

"After thirteen years it still amazes me how the community comes together in a time of need, in a time of holiday, in that giving spirit," said Robinette.

Economic concerns are getting better for some, but many in our community are still struggling to get by.

"A Thanksgiving dinner is going to be a relief for them that they can have that traditional family dinner and not have to worry about paying a bill somewhere else," said Robinette.
After three days of turkey collections, turkey distribution begins Monday.

"What we try to do is provide a complete meal. A whole turkey meal, so we'll have all the fixings with their turkey that they're going to receive," said Robinette.

As always, the goal is to allow low or no income families to celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

If you signed up for a turkey head to your local SCCAP to pick up your dinner.

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