Volunteers Spread Holiday Cheer with Annual Turkey Giveaway

Photos courtesy of Judith Sandoval

Sore backs, cold hands and hard work did not discourage volunteers set upon spreading holiday cheer on Wednesday morning.

Two groups of Santa hat-wearing volunteers spent the morning removing heavy pallets loaded with frozen turkey, potatoes, stuffing, rolls and vegetables from delivery trucks.

Inside the Ocean View’s I.T. Bookman Center and the Bayview’s Joseph Lee Recreation Center volunteers organized foods into bags for delivery to more than 1,400 families and homebound seniors.

The annual event is organized by Glide Memorial, the Community Living Campaign, the San Francisco Public Health Foundation and the Department of Public Health.

Although some of the homebound seniors receive regular deliveries from the Community Living Campaign throughout the year, additional families were given food on Wednesday to spread the holiday cheer.

In total, more than 600 families in the Ocean View, Merced Heights and Ingleside neighborhoods and more than 821 families in the Bayview received packages.

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