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Save the Date: Nov. 28, 2023!

Updated: Jan 9, 2023

Funds for 300 Turkeys Still Needed to Help Make the Holiday Bright for Families on the Southeast Side

The Franciscan Center announces today is still looking for approximately 300 turkeys to meet the expected need for its annual “Turkey Tuesday”, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving that its Food Pantry is open on November 28. Turkeys or funding at $18/turkey is still needed. Thanks to food drives and other donations, the organization can provide the remainder of the meal.

“Like everything else,” notes Tony Ley, executive director, “prices have gone up for our clients, too. It will take approximately $18/turkey for those that want to donate funds.” The Franciscan Center relies completely on donations from the community to make this annual event a reality and needs help filling its freezers. Again this year, Melissa Montana from STAR 883 and the students from Lakewood Park Christian School in Auburn will help us hand out turkeys and provide hot chocolate to clients that have been waiting in line since before 6:00 a.m. on a cold, November morning.

Tony continues: “For me and my extended family, memories of Thanksgiving often focus on family and friends gathered around the dinner table, enjoying the wonderful feast prepared for them. With your support, you can help make this dream a reality for our clients. The Franciscan Center highlights one client’s joy of receiving a turkey in a video available at

How to donate $18/family:

  1. Online: visit

  2. Mail: 1015 E Maple Grove Ave, Fort Wayne, 46806; write “Turkey” on the memo line.

  3. Drop-Off: one of four locations:

  • The Franciscan Center’s main offices at 1015 E Maple Grove Avenue from 9a – 6p M-F and 8a – 11a on Saturday.

  • The Franciscan Center Family Thrift North Store at 925 E Coliseum between Parnell and Clinton Streets from 10a – 6p Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.

  • The Franciscan Center Family Thrift Southwest Store at 6145 W. Jefferson Blvd. in the Jefferson Crossing Shopping Center from 10a – 6p Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.

  • The Franciscan Center Family Thrift newest store on Coldwater Road near Coliseum at 4430 Coldwater Road (formerly Touma's Bridal) from 10a – 6p Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.

For more information please contact Tony Ley at 260-710-3985.

The Franciscan Center was founded in 1989 and is a local non-profit serving the impoverished in our community through their food bank, medicine cabinet and sack lunch programs. They serve annually over 70,000 families through their three relief programs “meeting people where they are at”. The Center also operates two Franciscan Center Family Thrift Stores at 925 E Coliseum Blvd. and 6145 W. Jefferson Blvd. Please contact The

Franciscan Center at 260-744-3977 for more information or visit their website at 

For more information please contact the office at: 260 744-3977. 

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