Salvation Army gearing up for holiday assistance

DeKALB – The DeKalb County Salvation Army is preparing for its annual “Let’s Talk Turkey” event on Friday, Nov. 22.

Capt. Michael Cho expects a record-breaking number of families to request turkeys this year. The birds are bundled with other Thanksgiving foods and given to needy families in the county.

“Last year we had 800, and I think this year we’re going to surpass it,” Cho said. “I’m expecting about 900 families.”

Terry “T.D.” Ryan, program director for WLBK radio in DeKalb, will again be part of the annual event.

“We’re going to be on the air giving two updates every hour,” Ryan said. He said he is trying to rally service organizations to be more involved in the effort than ever before.

“We like to make it a competition between the service groups,” he said.

Cho said that his volunteers do whatever they can to make the drop-off process as easy as possible.

“They don’t even have to get out of their cars,” he said. “If they honk we’ll run out there, get the turkey, and shake their hands to thank them.”

The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Red Kettle Campaign last Friday, with a goal of raising $70,000 before the season ends. All of the funds raised support the local Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army and WLBK will hold another food drive, Freezing for Food, from noon Dec. 4 through noon Dec. 7 in the parking lot in front of Aldi in DeKalb. That food drive helps to restock the Salvation Army’s food pantry.

The organization also distributes toys to needy families at Christmas, and is seeking businesses and organizations willing to host “angel trees.” For more information, call 815-756-4308 or visit

Let's Talk Turkey

6 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22

Salvation Army, 830 Grove St., DeKalb

Drop off turkeys, hams, other frozen meats and other food donations for the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving food baskets.

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