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POLK COUNTY, FL — Families in need this season can experience a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a turkey donated by Polk Sheriff's Charities, Inc., a 501 (c) not-for-profit charitable organization.
One turkey per family will be distributed at three locations in Polk County on Saturday.
Sheriff Grady Judd said the
"We know that there are families out there who are struggling financially, and we want to do our small part to help out during the holidays," Sheriff Grady Judd said. "This is the third year in a row that we've been able to provide turkeys to our citizens, thanks to the generous donations made year-round to Polk Sheriff's Charities."
The turkeys will be distributed one per vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
No identification or pre-qualification will be required to receive a turkey, officials said.
Deputies will be at each location to hand out frozen turkeys, which are in the 15 to 17 pound range. Up to 1,400 turkeys will be given away.
The locations and times when the turkeys will be distributed are listed below:
East Polk: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Church on the Hill, 1111 Scenic Hwy, Dundee
Cars will only be allowed to enter the parking lot south of the church from Old Scenic Hwy, then will be directed around the back of the church to the distribution point. Cars will then be directed to exit north onto Old Scenic Hwy towards Dundee.
Central Polk: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lake Region High School campus, 1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake
Cars will be directed to enter onto Cameron Road from US 17, which turns into Gilbert Street, then onto Thunder Road, through the school parking lot to the distribution point, and back out onto Gilbert Street.
West Polk: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Lakes Church (AKA Church at the Mall), 1010 East Memorial Blvd, Lakeland
Cars will only be allowed to enter the parking lot from the westbound lane of Memorial at the intersection with Ingraham Avenue, and then will be directed to the rear parking lot of the church to the distribution point. Cars will be directed to exit westbound onto Memorial, or straight onto Ingraham Avenue.
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