Why Turkeys for DURM?

Johnny J. Jones shares why he is involved with Turkeys for DURM. You too can contribute by making a donation here.

One of my most memorable Thanksgivings was in 1996. I was 15 years old, and remember funds being pretty tight for my family. That year, a church organization adopted families to provide Thanksgiving dinners to and my family was one of them. Before then, memories of my mother’s crispy and dry turkeys weren’t that great. However, it was as if a divine intervention took place as my mother cooked this donated turkey. It was so damn good, so picturesque, so perfect. Synonyms that were rarely used when describing my mother’s cooking. I’m probably going to get a whooping at 32 years old for saying that, but seriously, it was so good that we were still eating turkey sandwiches the following Monday!

Every other year or so, my mother and I bring up that Thanksgiving. It humbles me because through the kindness of strangers, we had a memorable holiday and we were reminded of the blessings that we do have. I can not repay the people that donated that turkey to us because I didn’t know the name of the organization. However, being a part of Turkeys for DURM is my way of paying it forward and making a difference in our own community.

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