The holiday season is a special time for most people in the Minden area, and a large part of every celebration is the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. For many families, nothing brings more joy to those special days than a good, old fashioned turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Yet with all our celebrating, we often forget that some of our neighbors in the Minden area are in need. For these unfortunate families, just having a basic meal on the table is appreciated. Thankfully, there are individuals and organizations who are there to help.
On the Monday before Thanksgiving, two brothers from Wilcox entered The Closet thrift store with seven turkeys, plus enough potatoes and vegetables to complete the meals. Ron and Larry Latter presented these food items to manager Cathy Hickman.
“Ron and Larry are members of the Turkey Creek Strutters”, Cathy explained. “They left certificates with me that were to be handed out with the food items. Each certificate states: ‘The Turkey Creek Strutters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and its dedicated volunteer members and hunters present this turkey from our family to yours. NWTF’s prayers are with you, your family and our country. God Bless you and your family during this time of giving thanks for all that we have, and all that we can share’.”
The National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in Fredericksburg, VA in 1973 as a nonprofit conservation and education organization. The federations mission was dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. Shortly after this, the organization was moved to its present headquarters in Edgefield, S.C. At the time the NWTF was established there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys in existence. Today that number stands at 7 million birds in North America.
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