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Food drive in Citrus Heights seeks to provide Thanksgiving dinners

File photo from 2020, food drive organizer Kathilynn Carpenter, right, stands in front of a load of donated frozen turkeys, along with Mikhaila Freas, left, and Julie DePrada.

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The largest business district in Citrus Heights has partnered with a local radio station to help collect frozen turkeys and food supplies to provide Thanksgiving dinners to those in need this holiday season.

The three-hour “Turkey and Fixins” food drive is hosted by the Sunrise MarketPlace and will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Marketplace at Birdcage off Sunrise Boulevard, at 5975 Birdcage Centre Lane.

Items sought include frozen turkeys, canned fruit and yams, bags of sweet potatoes and potatoes, stuffing mix, canned veggies, instant potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, pies, bags of rice, mac & cheese, sparkling cider, and other goods. A full list is posted on the food drive’s flier.

Donations are encouraged to be purchased from local grocery stores within the Sunrise MarketPlace business district. A flier lists the Walmart Neighborhood Market and Target stores on Sunrise Boulevard, as well as the Smart and Final on Madison Avenue, and the Sprouts store on Greenback Lane.

In 2020, during the height of the pandemic, a food drive hosted by the Sunrise MarketPlace that year resulted in a total of 1,766 items being donated, along with several hundred dollars in cash donations, according to lead organizer Kathilynn Carpenter.

Donations included 52 frozen turkeys, along with canned food, boxes of mashed potatoes, gravy mix, pasta and stuffing. Items were delivered to the Sunrise Christian Food Ministry, a local emergency food closet, for distribution.

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