Election season is over, and the season of giving is beginning. Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission is hoping that will help it collect 2,000 donated turkeys so that thousands of local low-income and homeless people can have a proper Thanksgiving.
The mission’s One Meal/One Hope program has 13 turkeys so far, and it wants to collect 1,987 more by the end of next week. That many turkeys can feed as many as 27,000 people, according to mission spokeswoman Sharon Thomas.
The mission is worried about being able to meet the demand because the rate of hunger increased in Washington faster than in most states between 2008 and 2011, Thomas said.
The mission usually serves 400 turkeys to the needy for Thanksgiving, but wanted to be able to provide 1,600 more for food banks, community meal programs and non-profits — all of which have been calling the mission recently for help, Thomas said.
People can drop off turkeys, preferably weighing about 15-20 pounds each, at 318 2nd Ave. Extension S. at the mission’s men’s shelter or its administration office at 3800 S. Othello St. Money donations can be made on the mission’s website or mailed to Stefanie K. at P.O. Box 202, Seattle, WA 98111-0202.