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Turkey dinner giveaway draws crowds to Goodfellows Saturday – Windsor Star

More than 110 hampers with a complete Christmas dinner went home with Windsorites during an annual giveaway Saturday morning.

The Canadian Italian Business Professionals Association (CIBPA) and the Windsor Goodfellows handed out 112 holiday hampers to lined-up crowds Saturday morning. In just an hour, all but the last 10 boxes had been given out.
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The annual event is a partnership and was made possible with more than $3,000 in donations by CIBPA members, said the organization’s president.

“It’s for a good cause and it’s one of the things we’re very proud of,” said president Joe Balsamo. CIBPA and the Goodfellows have been partnering on this holiday program for “many years,” Balsamo said.

CIBPA and the Goodfellows typically give away anywhere between 100 and 120 turkey dinners depending on need, donations and food prices. Each hamper includes a frozen turkey, vegetables including potatoes and carrots, bread, stuffing, fruitcake, cereal and chips — everything to help a family celebrate the holidays with a well-rounded meal.

Families apply each fall through the Goodfellows to receive a holiday hamper.

After a tough year for many families, with inflation and food prices on the rise, Balsamo said they were happy to be able to give back. The organization has also made recent donations to the GrowOn and Fight Like Mason campaigns.

“It’s nice to be able to help. A lot (of people) are really appreciative and it’s nice to see that,” Balsamo said. “We’re very thankful to be able to help our community as much as we can.”

Environment Canada weather watchers are advising that Ontarians consider altering their travel plans for the holiday weekend due to what’s being described as a “high impact winter storm.”
The Salvation Army Windsor Centre of Hope hosted its annual free community Christmas dinner Wednesday night.
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