Foundation hosting annual Turkey Blessing

Published: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:53 p.m.

Do you need a little help this Thanksgiving? If so, vouchers for a free turkey will be available to the first 400 people who register in advance for the 3rd annual Thanksgiving Blessing Turkey Giveaway at Mount Carmel Baptist Church.



What: The 3rd annual Thanksgiving Blessing Turkey Giveaway with music, speakers and prayer.
When: Nov. 14, 2 p.m., to sign up; Nov. 15, 2 p.m., to pick up turkeys.
Where: Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 2505 NE 8th Ave.
Information: Call 352-378-7322.

LaVern Porter, one of the organizers, said turkey vouchers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at 2 p.m. Nov. 14. The turkey distribution will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 15, with both events at Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2505 NE 8th Ave.

To get a voucher, all residents will need is a picture identification, such as a driver's license.

Porter said people with vouchers will get a turkey.

"Your (financial) status doesn't matter," Porter said. "Everyone deserves something sometime in their life."

Porter said the Wilfork Foundation, founded by Bianca and Vincent Wilfork, will provide 700 turkeys, which will be distributed to the community with some earmarked for local churches and also Alachua County Head Start families.

Bianca Wilfork, who is originally from Gainesville and attended Alachua County Public Schools, is married to Vincent Wilfork, a nose tackle for the New England Patriots.

The turkeys will be transported to Gainesville by the Cheney Brothers, an Ocala food distributor. Last year, the Wilfork Foundation provided 620 turkeys and Bianca Wilfork was on hand to help distribute them.

The Rev. Dr. N. LaMonte Newsome, pastor of Mount Carmel, said a community prayer will be held in conjunction with the turkey giveaway so that people waiting for their turkey can also have a spiritual experience.

Under a big tent on the grounds, Newsome said there will be an evangelical program with music and speakers so that people can hear God's message. He said the turkey giveaway will serve as a demonstration of God's love.

"We will pray for our community and for people all over the nation," Porter said. "We'll pray for people who need to hold on to hope."

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