The annual Turkeypalooza event will work to provide Thanksgiving meals to the Greenville community.

Thanksgiving meals for members of the Greenville, North Carolina, community will be served by staff from the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) and student volunteers from Campus Kitchen at East Carolina University (CKECU) as part of the annual Turkeypalooza, according to a press release by ECU News Services.

CKECU volunteers will organize materials and deliver them to their partner agencies on Nov. 18, the press release said. The release said CKECU will collect food items such as turkey and side dishes, which will provide groceries for clients at Operation Sunshine and Little Willie Center.

The press release said CKECU paused its usual weekly cooking operations, nutrition lessons and volunteer opportunities at four community partner sites due to changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The two organizations will work with their community partners through Turkeypalooza to provide an opportunity to support the community of Greenville with 40 sponsors for turkeys, 34 complete meal boxes that include holiday side items and over 20 hours of service, according to the press release.

“These are people that will probably never meet, but it demonstrates the act of paying it forward. The gratitude, sincere appreciation and most importantly, the smile from the partners makes this work during an unprecedented time worth it,” Lauren Howard, assistant director of CLCE and advisor for CKECU, said in the press release.

The release said the 2020 Turkeypalooza sponsors and donors include ECU organizations such as ECU Club Sports, College of Business, Central Reservations Office, ECU’s Honors College, Joyner Library Stewardship Committee, Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center, Pre-Professional Advising Center and Rotaract Club at ECU.

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