Towing Turkeys: It’s a Tradition That Makes a Tasty Thanksgiving Feast for Those in Need

Hauling turkeys to the Mission.

Hauling turkeys to the Mission from the back of a tow truck. Bryan Hall Sr., Executive Director at the Mission, received the donation of birds with volunteers ready.[Photo by Ryan Hutson]

Pacific Towing and Buddy’s Towing have partnered with the local AAA Office in Eureka to deliver free turkeys to those in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. Towing turkeys is a tradition that has been carried on for over 20 years, and it’s become an important contribution to community outreach services in the area.

Pacific Towing's flatbed loaded with turkeys.

Pacific Towing’s flatbed loaded up with turkeys. [Photo by Ryan Hutson]

Yesterday, a bright yellow Pacific Towing flatbed loaded with boxes of frozen turkeys, over 1400 pounds total, was distributed to local shelters to help bring happiness to those in need.

“Partnering with our local [Emergency Road Service] vendors, we delivered a total of 1400 pounds of turkeys to four charity organizations that will be feeding the homeless and disadvantaged throughout Eureka and Arcata,” Justin McCray of Northern California AAA told us.

Stops included the Eureka St. Vincent De Paul, Eureka Rescue Mission, the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center, and Arcata House and Veterans Hall.

St. Vincent De Paul, in Old Town Eureka on W. 3rd St. was the first stop, receiving several boxes of Thanksgiving Day birds.

So far, the turkeys are the only component of the traditional holiday dinner that have been secured in donations. Mary Price, who manages the service, explained that she hopes additional donations will come in soon.

Celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 22nd, St. Vincent De Paul expects to serve about 700 plates to people in need.

Betty Chinn delightedly received the donations yesterday. [Photo by Ryan Hutson]

A few blocks away, at the Eureka Rescue Mission in Old Town on 2nd Street, Bryan Hall Sr., Executive Director at the Mission received the donation of birds with volunteers ready. The family-style meal will be available Wednesday 21st, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. They will also be providing box meals to go.

The third stop in Eureka for the Pacific Towing “Turkeys on Trucks” was at the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center at 7th & C Street in Eureka.

Betty Chinn was on hand to greet the donation crew. After many years of collaborating locally with Betty Chinn, Pacific Towing and the AAA “Everyday Hero” team received a warm welcome and abundant gratitude.

Thanksgiving meal provided by the Betty Kwan Chinn Day Center in Eureka will begin on Tuesday morning around 10 o’clock am November 20th, expecting up to 500 people to enjoy the free meal.

In Arcata, Buddy’s Towing has been involved with the project for years, and Thursday afternoon provided a “Turkeys on Trucks” delivery to the Arcata House and Veterans Hall with the Northern California AAA ‘Everyday Hero’ team.

Buddy's hauling turkeys.

Buddy’s hauling turkeys. [Photo provided by Justin McCray of Northern California AAA]

The Arcata Veterans Hall will host a Harvest Fall Celebration on the 22nd, doors open at 11 a.m., and food served around 11:30 that morning. The Veterans Hall is located at 1425 J Street, in Arcata.

Donations are welcome at any of the four locations.




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