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Local businesses, organizations pull together to help feed needy on Thanksgiving

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As many as 5,000 people in Louisville will be able to sit down to a Thanksgiving meal thanks to the generosity of various local organizations and individuals -- and you could make a difference for as little as one dollar. 

Even a dollar can change a family's life. 

Chuck Mattingly offers a word of grace everyday at lunch at Franciscan Kitchen. He knows that the meal he is serving may be the only meal of the day for many people there. 

"It means a great deal," said 46-year-old Leonard "Inky" Ragland who showed up for lunch Wednesday at the Franciscan Kitchen. 

Mattingly says he has lost sleep some nights, wondering if there will be enough food to serve a Thanksgiving meal to everyone who needs it. 

"I can tell you each night for the past couple of weeks, I lay in bed making sure I go over in my mind to make sure we have everything covered," Mattingly said. 

Franciscan Kitchen is one of the recipients of TURKEYSTOCK, a group that's collecting and distributing turkeys and canned goods for the second year in a row. 

The one-day turkey drive at Brownies the Shed Grille and Bar benefits more than 100 Louisville area churches, shelters and soup kitchens. All the donations go to Kentucky Harvest, which will deliver the food to charities on Friday. 

"To see how thankful they are, that's what gives you goosebumps," said Jason Brown, owner of Brownie's The Shed Grille and Bar. Brown, along with Joey Wagner are the organizers behind TURKEYSTOCK. 

The effort came together after WDRB reported needy families facing a critical shortage in the west end. Last year, Organizers hoped for 100 turkeys, and the community donated more than 500. 

"To see the community rally again on something like this is awesome," said Wagner. 

Meanwhile, Dare to Care is putting out a call to for donations, asking for canned goods like corn, green beans, or stuffing.

"It is a daunting task on one hand; on the other hand this community is incredible," said Stan Siegwald with Dare to Care. "We have never failed in 46 years to get the resources we need to provide the support back to the families who look to us for help."

Even if you can't give a canned good, Dare to Care officials say every dollar counts. In fact it can feed a family of four with just $1. 

One estimate says more than 5,000 people in the Louisville area will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in part because of donations.

This year, TURKEYSTOCK organizers are hoping to collect 500 turkeys and 1,000 canned goods. If you'd like to help, you can drop off frozen turkeys and canned goods this Thursday between noon and 8 p.m. at Brownie's the Shed Grille & Bar at 237 Whittington Parkway off Hurstbourne Lane.  

Here's a list of a few of the shelters where Thanksgiving meals will be served: 

Franciscan Kitchen Thanksgiving
748 S. Preston Street
Louisville, KY. 40204

Salvation Army Thanksgiving
11:30am -2:30pm
911 S. Brook Street
Louisville, KY. 40203

St. Stephen Church Thanksgiving
1018 S. 15th Street
Louisville, KY. 40210

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