BY KELLY ROCHE
A tractor trailer load of turkeys was delivered to the Mississauga Food Bank Tuesday afternoon, thanks to the work of community members and a guy from Lakeview.
The 7th annual Charles Sousa Holiday Turkey Drive raised $21,000 — enough to buy 640 turkeys as part of the ‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas fundraising campaign.
“I’m always inspired by the generosity of our community during the holidays and throughout the year,” said Sousa, the Mississauga South MPP, adding the community’s “tremendous goodwill is appreciated by many families during this festive season.”
The Ontario-raised turkeys will be distributed to families in need via the MFB and the Compass Food Bank in Port Credit.
Raising more than $130,000 since 2009, the annual event has donated at least 4,100 turkeys.
The initiative “is an important part of ensuring that those living in poverty in Mississauga receive healthy food for their families this winter,” said MFB executive director Chris Hatch.
Port Credit BIA general manager Ellen Timms said the drive unites the south end of the city.
“It’s a privilege to be a part of such a generous and caring community,” said Timms.