City of Lompoc employees, in partnership with Good Samaritan Shelters, Inc., collected 75 turkeys Thursday during an annual drive to benefit the less fortunate members of the Lompoc community.
The participants collected turkeys, as well as chickens, canned food and money to purchase food.
The items will be distributed to those served by Good Samaritan programs in Lompoc, according to a city spokesperson, who added that surplus donations will be provided to other organizations serving those in need in Lompoc.
In a separate collection drive, the Lompoc Food Pantry, run by Catholic Charities, is collecting turkeys for families in need at several area grocery stores.
Turkeys can be paid for at Walmart, Albertsons and Vons, and the stores will hold the turkeys for the Food Pantry. Donations may be made through Wednesday.
“The Food Pantry currently serves 800 families each month, so the community’s support is greatly appreciated,” read a statement from the Food Pantry.
Additionally, non-perishable food donations to the Food Pantry can be dropped off at Fire Station No. 1, at 115 South G St., the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce, at 111 South I St., or at the Food Pantry, at 325 North Second St.
The Food Pantry’s Silent Angel campaign is also currently in effect. Through that program, every dollar donated is matched by an anonymous donor through Dec. 31. Checks can be made out to the Lompoc Food Pantry and dropped off or mailed to 325 North Second St.
For more information on the Food Pantry, call 736-6226 or visit www.lompocfoodpantry.org.