16 WAPT has expanded its ninth annual Turkey Drive 16, which starts on Thursday, Nov. 19. The Jackson, Mississippi ABC affiliate has added donation locations as well as a virtual donation as an option to "address the increased local need due to the coronavirus pandemic."
Drop-offs can be made at Kroger locations in Clinton, Madison, Brandon, Byram and I-55 in Jackson, Mississippi from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those who wish to make a contactless donation can make a "virtual turkey donation" by visiting WAPT.com. If donating in person, shoppers are encouraged to follow MSDH guidelines by wearing a mask, frequently washing hands, and maintaining social distancing.
All donations benefit the Mississippi Food Network, which distributes the food to local families in need.
“Every year, our viewers set a new precedent for generosity with record-breaking donations. This year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, that generosity is needed more than ever, and we encourage everyone to give whatever they can,” said Mike Neelly, president and GM, 16 WAPT.
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