Posted on Nov 26, 2018
So proud of Rotary Club of Sterling HeightsRotary Club of TroyRotary Club of BirminghamRotary Club of West Bloomfield for all the hard work to put on Rotary Team Turkey this year. We’d also like to thank Kroger for helping to create the meals and being a great partner. 
 
82+ cars of volunteers
250 meals
150+ volunteers
 
For the members who donated, drove or volunteered, thank you so much for your help.  Just based on my experience delivering that morning, the families were all very appreciative for the turkey dinners.  Here are thoughts one family from their sponsor:
 

I just wanted to say that Peggy Scott let me know they received the Thanksgiving dinner and they were very grateful.  She said it was delicious.  She cares for her 4 grandchildren.  She had been hospitalized after a heart attack and was released Thanksgiving day but she told me her friend was able to get the food and the kids really enjoyed it.

Thanks for everything!

Sandy Snyder

(CASA for 2 of the children in Peggy's care)

 
With the help of Rotary clubs in Birmingham, West Bloomfield and Sterling Heights, we raised over $22,000 which was used to purchase 275 turkey dinners.  On Thanksgiving morning, 83 driver teams delivered 267 turkey dinners to 238 families.  27 of the driver teams were Troy Rotarians.  Turkey dinners were delivered from Macomb to Highland, from Eastpointe to Grand Blanc. The remaining 8 turkey dinners were donated to Forgotten Harvest.  Special recognition to Mark Mullin, Kevin Delaere and Regan Gilshire (Birmingham) who I sent to the hinterlands for their deliveries - thank you for not complaining.
 
A special thanks must go out to Kroger and the South/Crooks store.  Besides giving us about a 25% discount on the dinners, letting us choose apple pie as the dessert (not a standard option) and allowing us to add a third side, Kroger donated a $20 gift card with each dinner (left-over cards were donated to CARE House of Oakland County). As much, Brian and his team at the South/Crooks store were outstanding - communicating, in collecting all the parts of the dinner, packaging them and then having the dinners out at the curb for us.  I cannot say enough about Brian, Kroger and their team for their support.  If you shop at that Kroger, please give your thanks to Brian and his team.
 
Some of the agencies that we received families from were:  CARE House of Oakland County (63), West Bloomfield Schoools (42), Royal Oak Schoools (36), Blessing program (28), Sterling Heights (27)  and Birmingham Rotary(23).  Many other agencies such as, Troy People Concerned, St. Anastasia in Troy and Variety in Birmingham provided names.  I have included an attached thank you letter from the Managing Director of CARE House.
 
Despite a wild and hectic Thanksgiving morning, all the dinners were delivered.  Thank you to everyone for your patience and help.
 
Tom Gueth