For the past 12 years, students at Houghton College have participated in the annual Turkey Drive. Funds were collected around campus this fall, resulting in a total donation amount of $2,823, exceeding the original goal of $2,000.
“Students set an aggressive goal and partnered with various groups on campus to make this a success,” said Greg Bish, director of student programs for Houghton College.
Houghton students, faculty and staff were all given opportunities to participate in the Turkey Drive this year through a variety of fundraising efforts. Loose change was collected in jars at strategic locations across campus; a bake sale was held at the annual Turkey Drive Basketball Tournament, as well as at the women’s and men’s championship soccer games; the Campus Activities Board organized a showing of A Dark Knight Rises, where all money donated for the viewing also went to support the Turkey Drive.
Each year, Houghton partners with the owners of the Fillmore Shop-N-Save and Harrington’s Shurfine in Belfast to coordinate the turkey distribution. Ray Parlett, director of safety and security for Houghton, works with area social service groups, including churches and food pantries in Houghton, Fillmore, Rushford, Angelica and Wellsville, to distribute the coupons to local families to receive a free turkey. Families are given the opportunity to pick up a turkey from one of the two local markets until December 1. After December 1, and when the money raised allows it, additional turkeys are purchased and distributed with any remaining monetary donations.