Milwaukee County Turkey Drive

Make A Family Smile Turkey Giveaway

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” 

Words of Wisdom from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How it all began…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Manager, Dee McCollum of the Milwaukee County Parks, had a vision and a dream to give back to families in need for the holidays. About 9 years ago, Dee bought 10 baskets filled with holiday foods and other items using her own money. Mary Nelson from Aurora Healthcare found out about her efforts and decided to join Dee in her mission by donating 20 baskets the second year and the following year 40 baskets.

“I wasn’t looking for any help with this, I just wanted to give back…”

Dee McCollom-Manager Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

Serving as a member of the Diversity Committee of Milwaukee County, Dee was able to spearhead her efforts, helping more families by sharing how the turkey drives have impacted families, growing the event that is now countywide. Since the start of what is now called the “Make A Family Smile Turkey Drive,” nine years ago, the King Center has served  4000 + families and hopes to serve more with your help this year!


Turkey Drive Information

We Need YOur Help!

On Tuesday, November 24th the We Care Crew will host a COVID-safe turkey drive at the King Community Center to provide Thanksgiving meals and winter resources to families. We have a goal of serving 2,000 families.


Turkey Drive Donations

The We Care Crew is asking for donations to purchase turkeys for families in need this Thanksgiving. We are also accepting donations of new warm things (hats, mittens, gloves, scarves) to keep families warm this winter.

These items will be given away at a pre-Thanksgiving event to be held at the King Community Center on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

What’s Needed?

We have a goal of serving 2,000 families. To support this effort we are seeking bulk donations for:

  • 2,000 hats (various youth and young-adult sizes)
  • 2,000 pairs of gloves or mittens (various youth and young-adult sizes)
  • 2,000 pairs of warm socks (various youth and young-adult sizes)
  • 2,000 winter scarves

What You Should Know!

  • Your donations are tax deductible!
  • Make checks to King Advisory Inc.
  • The deadline to donate is Monday, November 9th
  • Help us reach our goal of feeding 2,000 families!


Resources Bags Donations

This summer, the We Care delivered 2,500 resource bags to communities hardest hit by COVID-19. This winter, the We Care Crew plans to build and deliver another 2,500 winter resource bags to the community, and we are seeking additional items to fill our resources.

What’s Needed?

  • 2,500+ individually wrapped snacks (seeking multiple donations of healthy snacks such as granola bars, juice boxes, and trail mix); or 7 sponsorships of $1,000 each bags to the brim!
  • 2,500+ hot cocoa packets or $1,000
    sponsorship
  • 2,500+ hot cocoa packets or $1,000
    sponsorship
  • 2,500+ hot cocoa packets or $1,000
    sponsorship

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