INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. -- A local nonprofit is reaching out to 500 families this Thanksgiving.
The Common Cupboard in Union County is looking for your help to make it happen. The non-profit calls it The Great Turkey Countdown and they're hoping to collect turkeys with all the trimmings this year.
It's an annual event that's grown since its start in 2007. Each year the non-profit asks the community for the food or monetary donations.
"We'll be looking for 500 turkeys. On November 17th, we'll have 300 to 400 volunteers show up here. They'll be gathering together, not only the turkeys, but the sweet potatoes and stuffing and all that stuff, putting them into boxes and loading them up to car and delivering to those who won't have a Thanksgiving without it," said Common Cupboard Executive Director, Keith Adams.
Volunteers say the response of those who receive the food is sometimes overwhelming.
"A lot of times they're speechless. You'll just see the tears and then of course, it'll make you have tears," said longtime volunteer Christine Branna.
If you're interested in volunteering or donating visit Common Cupboard's Facebook page.