For more years then he can remember, business owner Frank Macca has been collecting money and turkeys and trekking to Hartford with it all to make sure someone else has a Thanksgiving holiday that includes a special dinner.
On Tuesday, he did it again, bringing 500 turkeys, $7,000 to WDRC’s and Foodshare’s 14th annual “Turkey Tuesday” at Hartford’s City Place with plans for more following Saturday’s Hall/Conard football game in West Hartford.
“I just like doing something for others,” said the plumbing company owner who plans to use Friday’s traditional high school football game to collect more money and birds for Foodshare’s annual holiday drive.
Among those bearing turkeys and checks at the early morning collection hosted by Brad Davis and co-sponsored with Bank of America and UnitedHealth Group was a woman in jeans who almost slipped in unnoticed.
The usually business-attire clad Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman was making a rarely seen casual statement, sporting blue jeans and boots (with a heel of course) as she dropped off a $100 check for the drive.
“I’m heading to Arkansas for a lieutenant governor’s conference so jeans it is,” she said, leaving some good will behind.
For those who did turn out, the good deeds did not go unnoticed. Those making donations were given a voucher for free tickets for the 2014 Rock Cats opener in New Britain on April 3.
Watching the activity was Foodshare head Gloria McAdam who has a tough week ahead as grocery stores, tv stations, businesses and the public- at-large stepped up the drive to collect 20,000 turkeys by Sunday.
“We will be in West Hartford, and Wethersfield and Glastonbury and all over the place with collections through Sunday,” said McAdam. Her advice if you are in a giving mood?
“Go to foodshare.org and find out where we are collecting that might be convenient for you,” she advised. “We can use your help.”