Community rallies to make sure more than 30 local families will have turkeys for their Thanksgiving meals


ROCHESTER, Minn. – It all started with a phone call from an anonymous donor.

“Someone said, “we have 12 turkeys that we would like to donate, can you distribute them?””

Danielle Teal with Rochester’s Random Acts of Kindness Group took that call and began contacting local organizations to look for families in need of a little help this Thanksgiving.

“We maxed out at the 12, those went pretty quick and then in the morning when I checked my e-mail there were requests for more from local agencies, because the Salvation Army had run out [of turkeys]. So we decided that we were going to meet that need,” she explains.

She posted on The Random Acts of Kindness Group Facebook page, and without hesitation people responded. Within 24-hours, more than 50 people were involved by either donating, coordinating, or delivering turkey dinners to those in need. By Wednesday evening, 34 families had turkeys thanks to the effort.

“When there is an opportunity to help someone else, people will step up and they will help and that’s truly remarkable, especially during the holidays. “I think that is something that is so special about our community.”

Teal says she was in awe of how quickly the “RAK” grew, and that it reminded her of a quote from Margaret Mead.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

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