It's that time of year when we rack up points on our supermarket cards and earn free turkeys for Thanksgiving.
Donating your free turkey to a less fortunate family is a special way to help a neighbor who might otherwise not be able to create the traditional feast for his or her family.
Here are some locations in the Caldwells where you can drop off items in time for Thanksgiving next Thursday.
There are two sites in the Caldwells for the Community Food Bank of NJ Holiday Turkey and Food Drive scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
—First Presbyterian Church, 326 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell
—First Presbyterian Church West Caldwell Campus, 31 Fairview Ave., West Caldwell
Suggested items include frozen turkeys (never fresh), canned soups or stews, canned fruits, canned vegetables, pasta, rice, grains and other non-perishables. No glass jars or bottles will be accepted.
Trinity Academy in Caldwell will collect frozen turkey or turkey breast and non-perishable items on Monday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A volunteer will take donations out of the car for you outside the gymnasium entrance (behind St. Aloysius Church).
Items will be distributed to local families and will also help fill the freezers at St. John's Soup Kitchen in Newark. St. John's feeds approximately 200 hungry people a day.
Questions? Call Patty D'Angelo at 973-228-9466.
—Congregation Agudath Israel on Academy Road in Caldwell will collect frozen turkeys on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. Kosher turkeys are preferred. Non-kosher turkeys should be wrapped in plastic bags.