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Demand for Thanksgiving turkeys in Boston up by 50 percent and Salvation Army says it needs help

The number of families in Boston asking for turkeys this Thanksgiving has increased by 50 percent, and the Salvation Army is now asking for donations from the public to help meet that need.

Nearly 1,800 Boston families have asked the Salvation Army for help putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table this year, a jump from 1,200 last season, the charity said.

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Each holiday, the Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving baskets full of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and other favorites to those in need in Boston and statewide.

The increased need for Boston residents this year is a sign that local families are financially struggling in the current economy, the Christian charity said.

“Many individuals are struggling to provide basic necessities such as food and clothing for their families this holiday season,” Ivan Rock, general secretary and a major with the Massachusetts Salvation Army, said in a statement. “The economy continues to be a real hardship for many, and we’ve seen an increase in need – particularly in families where one or more adults are working.”

Anyone wishing to donate food and supplies can bring their donations to specific drop-off locations across the city, including Dorchester’s Kroc Community Center, South End Corps Community Center, and Chelsea/East Boston Corps Community Center, the organization said.

People can drop off donations on Thursday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 16, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon.

“The Salvation Army’s mission is to serve all those in need, and we hope these drop-off locations will provide easy access for individuals wishing to help families and seniors who are struggling this Thanksgiving,” Rock said.

Those wishing to help financially can also donate to the Salvation Army online by visiting

Melissa Werthmann can be reached at
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