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Operation Turkey Sandwich: November 28

Operation Turkey Sandwich to Deliver Thanksgiving Lunches to Workers

On Thursday, November 28th, members and friends of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will gather to assemble, package and deliver turkey sandwich lunches to people throughout Champaign-Urbana who are stuck working on Thanksgiving Day.

Operation Turkey Sandwich volunteers will assemble the lunches, including turkey sandwiches, stuffing muffins, cookies and an apple at Good Shepherd that morning. The lunches will be delivered to store clerks, bartenders, cops, bus drivers, etc., anyone who might be working on Thanksgiving Day. 

“We think it’s a great opportunity to reach out to people who are kind of overlooked on Thanksgiving Day,” says Good Shepherd Youth Minister, Jason Fisher. “Especially with so many businesses deciding to open on Thanksgiving. Operation Turkey Sandwich is a way to say thanks and we’re thinking about you.”

The idea came from a Lutheran church in Denver which delivered over 1,000 lunches last Thanksgiving. Good Shepherd member Amy Kilgus Chamley and her family who were visiting Denver helped out. “It was a really great event,” Chamley says. “We had sandwich-making assembly lines, bag packers, delivery drivers, and everyone worked hard and had a lot of fun.  It was great to see church members and non-members, families and single people all working together. And the people who received the lunches were really surprised and appreciative.”

Good Shepherd is inviting anyone who would like to help by cooking or baking; assembling and delivering lunches or donating money. Lunch assembly and delivery will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. More information is available at Good Shepherd’s website, or by emailing [email protected].

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