Albrights donate more than 200 turkeys for Thanksgiving meals in Alamance County
BURLINGTON, N.C.– Last Thanksgiving, Brenda Allen of Loaves & Fishes, a local food ministry, was overwhelmed by a generous contribution from National Agents Alliance’s Jane Albright, who donated 150 turkeys to the non-profit organization to help feed more than 7,000 people in and around Alamance County.
This year, Albright wanted to help even more.
“I think we donated 150 turkeys last year, but I felt like with the way things are going in the economy that we could do more,” Albright said.
What was the number this year? More than 200 turkeys, according to Albright.
This is the sixth year Jane and Andy Albright (President and CEO of National Agents Alliance) have donated turkeys to help Loaves & Fishes. Regardless of the number, however, Allen said when Jane Albright calls it makes all the difference in the world.
Jane Albright said it’s important to her that Loaves & Fishes meets its turkey quota for Thursday Thanksgiving meals.
“It’s a different number every year,” Albright said. “It’s something I don’t like to advertise, but it is something I like to do. For our family, it isn’t Thanksgiving without turkey. We want families to be able to enjoy a turkey together because it’s an important time for us where we sit down and eat together. We don’t do it for recognition and we don’t even like people to know we are doing it. We do it because we are able to and want to do it. It gives us a good feeling doing it.”
A total of 16 locations around Alamance County will serve traditional Thanksgiving meals Thursday, while an additional 400 families will be served meals in their households. By Thursday night, Loaves & Fishes will have helped feed roughly 6,500 people in and around Alamance County, according to Allen, the executive director and founder of Loaves & Fishes, who said donations from churches, business and people like the Albrights are vital to the effort.
In most cases, these people would otherwise not have been able to afford a turkey and other traditional side dishes on Thanksgiving.
Allen said she didn’t get her first turkey donation until the first of November, which made the last week hectic trying to make sure each family would have a full meal.
Allen said the first time Jane Albright called to help provide turkeys she was “shocked” by her generosity. Now, she looks forward to hearing from her every year. Instead of calling this year, Jane Albright made a surprise visit to see Allen, who had just been asked by her husband Larry if the “Turkey Fairy” had called yet.
“Jane stopped by Monday and said, ‘hey, it’s the turkey fairy. How many turkeys do you need this year?’” Allen said. “Jane’s just our special angel because she calls and asks how many we need to feed all the people. It’s just awesome. She’s doesn’t even want people to know she’s doing it.
“She’s helping so many people and she doesn’t realize how much it means. That’s the best part about it. Some people want to give you something that’s a dollar and they want all this praise and credit. Then, there’s somebody that gives so much like (the Albrights) and they don’t want any recognition or credit for it.”
ABOUT NATIONAL AGENTS ALLIANCE
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ABOUT LOAVES & FISHES
Loaves & Fishes is a local independent ecumenical food ministry located in Burlington, N.C. that provides groceries to hungry families in Alamance County and five surrounding counties. Loaves & Fishes is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization supported entirely by individuals, churches, foundations, businesses, schools and civic organizations, and does not receive any funds from local, state or federal government. A small staff, 500 dedicated volunteers, and a base of local support enable Loaves & Fishes to accomplish offering assistance, encouragement and empowerment to people in need through the distribution of food and limited financial assistance without regard to race, gender, orientation or social economic status.
For more information about Loaves & Fishes, visit http://www.loavesandfishes.us.
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