Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 14, 2013

Turkey brigade collecting for Thanksgiving

Yang’s Fitness Center, Whole Foods Market Andover and the Andover Rotary Club are once again joining forces to provide Thanksgiving dinners to the Lazarus House in Lawrence and residents of the Andover Housing Authority. Since 2001, members of Yang’s and Rotary have helped distribute more than 1,950 turkeys to local residents at the holiday.

This year’s goal is to provide at least 100 complete Thanksgiving dinners to families supported by the Lazarus House and 60-plus turkeys to Andover Housing Authority residents.

“The number of needy families this year continues to be alarmingly high,” Yang’s co-owner Diana Kiesel says in a release.

The public is invited to join the turkey brigade in various ways. Individuals can donate funds at Yang’s, located at 5 Dundee Park in Andover, to support the purchase of frozen turkeys or drop off nonperishable Thanksgiving fixings at Yang’s. Anyone who contributes four or more items will receive a guest pass to Yang’s. Contact Kiesel at 978-475-2020 or with questions.

People can also donate at the registers at Whole Foods at 40 Railroad St. during the month of November. Whole Foods will also be collecting gently used coats at the store on Friday, Nov. 15, to benefit the Lazarus House.

Lastly, volunteers are needed to sort, combine and deliver meals to the families of Lazarus House. Contact Dino Sarantos at to lend a hand.

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