PALISADES PARK, N.J. —The Turkish Cultural Center in Palisades Park will collect donated items at ShopRite on Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 to serve those in need throughout the area.
“We are expecting a number of donations,” TCC DIrector Yavuz Aydin told Daily Voice. “We will be working from 11 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m. and I deliver them with my car. It’s the meaning of Thanksgiving, actually."
The group regularly hosts activities at supermarkets throughout the year.
Volunteers give flyers to participating customers who select a few of the eligible items from the list.
The group then obtains the purchased non-perishables and toiletry donations at checkout.
The Center For Food Action in Englewood, Ridgefield and Hackensack, as well as Bergen Family Promise, have all benefitted. Last month, they were able to collect fresh meat for families.
Turkish Cultural Center New Jersey is a non-profit organization that addresses social and cultural needs of the community while looking to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding of Turkish culture in the state.
The group will also host a holiday dinner for members.
“For the holidays, we always give gifts for our friends and for Thanksgiving," Aydin said, "so we just try to make it special for the people in need."
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