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Catholic Charities Needs Help to Feed Thousands

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LAS VEGAS -- You may be looking forward to your Thanksgiving feast in just a couple of weeks, but thousands of Las Vegas families are wondering if they'll even be able to put food on the table that day.

Catholic Charities is working to help but needs support from the local community. Thanks to monetary donations and other funding, they have been able to purchase 3,500 turkeys but need at least 1,500 more for Thanksgiving.

"They can count on coming down to Catholic Charities and picking up and 10 to 12 pound turkey that will be used for Thanksgiving Day to share that holiday spirit with their family," said Phillip Hollon with Catholic Charities.

Hollon says they have seen a 25-percent increase in need over this same time last year. So, instead of just helping out 3,500 families. They're goal is to help 5,000 families.

If you are in need, you can go to Catholic Charities Social Services, meet with a case manager and you will be given a Turkey Buck good for one turkey that you can take home and prepare for your family. You must make an appointment and Catholic Charities will determine your need during the appointment.

Florencia Pinedo got her Turkey Buck Wednesday. She and her husband both are unemployed and are raising four children. Pinedo says she was always the one helping others and now she is receiving help.

"Like myself, I never thought that I would be in this situation and I am very, very thankful for them to be doing this because thanks to this community, I am putting food on my table this Thanksgiving to my children," she said.

Catholic Charities is asking everyone to donate. They say many of the grocery stores are offering discounts on turkeys for this very reason.

Catholic Charities will also be making Thanksgiving dinner that night for those in need. Today, AAA donated 80 turkeys to help out with those meals. Smiths has also donated 5,000 pumpkin pies.

You can drop off that donated turkey or other food items at Catholic Charities and you don't even have to get out of your car. Just leave the donation with the security guard at the front gate.

For those who sign up in advance, turkeys will be handed out on November 20 at Catholic Charities. Again, you must meet with a Catholic Charities Social Services representative to be considered for a turkey.

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