T&H provides 700 turkeys for tribal members in annual drive-thru

    Volunteers hand out turkeys on a rainy, windy day. (Photo credits to Jasz Garrett/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Tlingit and Haida held their annual Thanksgiving dinner drive-thru for Tribal enrolled members.

    Juneau's Tlingit and Haida community council President, Rhonda Butler, talked about Saturday's turkey drive.

    "We are doing our annual Thanksgiving turkey drive and we call it a drive because we're doing the distribution outside. In the past couple of years with the pandemic, distribution for tribal citizens here in Juneau as a drive-thru event. We decided to keep it that way so everyone can come out."

    Butler said it's entirely made possible by volunteers.

    "Today I think we probably have about 20 that's just here at the facility. We also have been offering to our tribal citizens and our elders that have contacted us prior to the event for delivery. So we have probably about six drivers right now.  We contact Central Council Tlingit and Haida to provide their Public Safety Department for traffic control and the safety measures and logistics of setting up so we can do this. I just wanted to thank all of our community council members that have come in, rain or shine to volunteer. We're all volunteers here for our tribal citizens with the increase of and cost of living, and increase with the foods. We all understand the difficulties that our tribal citizens have in regards to making sure that the families get a turkey." 

    Butler spoke to their amount of turkeys.

    "Our amount of turkeys that we have is 700 turkeys. We've been doing distributions here for our community in Juneau for our tribal citizens for quite a few years and that's about the average household that we have here in Juneau. We usually distribute every single one."

    Butler said that come December, they will have a Christmas turkey and ham food distribution and those details are still being decided. 

    Above: A volunteer hands a turkey through a driver's window. Below: Volunteers merge their two tables into one after an hour of distribution.

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