Much like carolers on Christmas Eve, hunters all over North America brought cheer to homes during the recent holiday season.
Through the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Turkey Hunters Care outreach program, hunters across America distributed tens of thousands of frozen, domesticated turkeys to families in need throughout North America.
“The Turkey Hunters Care program is one way that we, as hunters, can lend a helping hand,” said NWTF CEO George Thornton. “The Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are times for counting blessings and giving gifts. It’s the perfect time for NWTF volunteers to ensure that our neighbors enjoy the holidays.”
Last year, NWTF chapters in 43 states and two Canadian provinces provided more than 134,000 meals to families in need. In many cases, the gift included stuffing mix, potatoes, bread and dessert.
Since Turkey Hunters Care began in 2001, NWTF volunteers and partners have donated 113,159 turkeys - or nearly 680,000 meals - to families in need across North America.
The local chapter of the NWTF, Pine Mountain Longbeards, along with Royal Blue RMEF and Campbell Outdoor Recreation Association (CORA) took part in the program this year. The chapter raised money to distribute turkeys and complete holiday meals to 30 local families. Needy families were selected with help from CHET. This year’s program was a huge success and plans are underway to at least double the families for next year.
Founded in 1973, the NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of America’s hunting heritage.
Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $331 million to conserve 15.9 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.
The NWTF works to increase interest in the outdoors by bringing new hunters and conservationists into the fold through outdoor education events and its outreach programs - Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, JAKES and Xtreme JAKES.
You can become a part of this community service by joining your local chapter of the NWTF. Campbell County’s annual fundraising event banquet will be held March 12th, 2011 at Ball Farm Event Center in LaFollette. A portion of the proceeds from this event are used for the Turkey Hunters Care Program as well as the annual Handicapped Turkey Hunt. Men, women and children of all ages are invited to attend.