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Englewood Groups To Give Away 1,300 Free Turkeys To South Side Families Before Thanksgiving

St. Sabina Church will hand out turkeys Saturday and Think Outside Da Block will host a giveaway Monday.

A turkey giveaway in 2018.
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ENGLEWOOD — An Englewood church and nonprofit will be giving away turkeys to more than a thousand families in need at two events before Thanksgiving. 

Saint Sabina Giveaway Saturday 

St. Sabina Church will give away 800 frozen turkeys to neighbors starting at noon Saturday outside of the church,  7800 S. Racine Ave.

People with vouchers will receive turkeys from noon-1 p.m. Local residents could get the vouchers over the last month at the church’s office. 

If turkeys are still available after 1 p.m., individuals without vouchers will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Turkeys are limited at one per family.

For more information call 773-483-4300.

Think Outside Da Block Giveaway Monday

Nonprofit Think Outside Da Block will host its seventh annual Thanksgiving Extravaganza from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Ogden Park Fieldhouse, 6500 S. Racine Ave., where at least 500 frozen turkeys will be given away, according to Lyana Funches, vice president of the group. 

Families will be able to get turkeys and other food on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies are exhausted.

Funchess, 33, said the event aims to fill a need in Englewood. She estimates 1,000 people will be fed thanks to the giveaway. 

“We serve an area that suffers from a sense of hopelessness,” Funches said. The giveaway shows that the community is “stronger together — that we are there to support them, that we love them, and that we are there for them.”  

Nonprofit Grow Greater Englewood will be partnering with Think Outside Da Block for the first time this year to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to families. 

Think Outside Da Block is accepting turkey and canned good donations through Monday, Funches said. Donations can be dropped off at the Ogden Park Fieldhouse from noon-6 p.m. Monday, she said.

People interested in making financial donations to the group can donate here. 

For the giveaway, the Ogden Park Fieldhouse will be transformed into a family fun zone with a DJ, kids activities, face painting, a double-dutch contest and more fun. 

About 15 barbers and stylists will also be on site providing haircuts to kids ages kindergarten to 12th grade free of charge. Kids interested in haircuts are asked to show their student ID. Girls are asked to arrive with their hair washed, dried and pressed, and young men should arrive with their hair washed, organizers said. 

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