Frozen turkey donations help Louisville families and first responders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Inflation rates are up from last holiday season. Prices are generally higher in all areas.

This year, like many years before, organizations are doing what they can to help Louisville residents make ends meet.

On Thursday, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse donated 100 frozen turkeys to Louisville Metro police.

It’s something they do in every city they operate in. They’ve donated nearly 5,000 so far.

Some LMPD units picked names from a hat to decide who went home with a turkey.

Others will cut one out for officers working on Thanksgiving Day.

The LMPD Victim Services Unit donates theirs to a family they work with.

Meanwhile, Brownie’s “The Shed” bar and grill collects frozen turkeys as part of an annual event. It’s called Turkey Stock.

They donate their stock to Kentucky Harvest who will distribute them to families in parts of Louisville.

Organizer Joey Wagner says he’s grown tremendously.

“It’s fun to see how the community has stepped up,” Wagner said, “to be able to donate to the community for Thanksgiving.”

This year’s goal is to collect 2,500 turkeys in eight hours.

Eight years ago, the Turkey Stock event brought in 500 turkeys, which even then was five times their original goal.

The objective has only grown, thanks to physical donations, but also monetary.

“The other day I spent hours texting some of my close friends,” Wagner said. “I think we got over $19,000 in donations, which was super cool.”


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