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Holiday Food Programs in High Gear

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Steve Saari is running Burgarello Alarm's first turkey giveaway with his 2 daughters and 2 office workers. No food donations...Steve just went out and bought a truckload of turkeys. It was scheduled to start at 9:00 in the morning. But dispatchers called him at home while it was still dark. He told us, "When I first got here at 7:00, I spoke to a gentleman who said he was the first one here, and he said he got here at 4:30."

There were no questions asked at Burgarello Alarm, although Kathleen Couture certainly qualified. She lost her job, and is underwater in her house. She called it "A tough year, oh yes... Not the thanksgiving I pictured. But this turkey is going to help a whole lot. It really will."

Across town, you can only imagine how many times Evelyn Mount has heard the same sad story. She told us the folks coming by for food are "heartbroken. And they are ashamed. And I say, ‘Oh Lord don't let them be like that.'"

That keeps her going. And even though she's now 86 years old, volunteers like Anthony James Daugherty say it's still hard to keep up with her. He said she goes, "A million miles a minute for how old the lady is, she just keeps going and going and going and going." Evelyn Mount's response? "All I do is just keep reminding them, 'OK, you've got people to serve!'"

We asked how many turkeys and food baskets have left her garage this year. They're not sure…they just say it's a very big number, certainly over 10,000. But even at this late date they still need more, or else Evelyn won't have a good Thanksgiving herself. "That's right. If I can get this done and all the people served, I'll have a good Thanksgiving."

Back at Burgarello Alarm, the truck is almost empty. Steve orders another 50 turkeys. With her turkey, Lee Cox, who's unemployed, calls it a good day. "Yeah, it's a very good day...makes me feel good right now. I actually don't have to worry about having to come up with one."

You can help re-stock Evelyn Mount's garage tomorrow (Wednesday), so everyone who needs food can have a Thanksgiving meal. From 10:00am to 8:00pm, just drop off your donations at 2530 Cannan Street in Reno. They're especially low on canned beans, mixed vegetables, mac and cheese…and of course turkeys.

-written by John Potter

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