The Buffalo Sabres will hold their annual Thanksgiving turkey drive from 6 to 9 a.m. Thursday. For every 20-pound turkey donated, the Sabres will hand out two tickets to an upcoming game. There is a four-ticket maximum per person.
The team collected more than 2,000 turkeys last year. This year's drive will again benefit the Buffalo City Mission and the Food Bank of WNY.
“Thousands of our neighbors in need are assisted in the three short hours of this event," said Tara Ellis, president of the Food Bank of WNY. "It is a truly beautiful thing to see.”
Turkeys may be exchanged for tickets at three locations: the KeyBank Center surface lot (enter from Baltimore Street via Perry Street); Wegmans at 675 Alberta Drive in Amherst; and the Wegmans at 370 Orchard Park Road in West Seneca.
With help from 250 volunteers, the Buffalo City Mission will feed 6,000 housebound or hungry people on Thanksgiving.
"We are thankful to the Buffalo Sabres for once again providing turkeys to help make this endeavor possible another year,” said Stuart Harper, CEO and executive director of the Buffalo City Mission. “Last year alone, the Buffalo City Mission provided over 171,000 meals and over 79,000 nights of safe sleep shelter. With homelessness increasing 9 percent last year and expected to rise again this year, the need is so great.”