Turkeys donated to Norwalk Area Food Bank

Cary Ashby • Nov 19, 2019 at 11:15 AM

Jamie Castle saw a need in the community and took action.

The longtime Norwalk resident’s vision meant the Norwalk Area Food Bank received 31 donated whole turkeys Sunday. Castle said the organization, housed at 99 Whittlesey Ave., will get about 15 more Wednesday.

“They’re excited. They were saying no one has done something like this,” he said. “They were very receptive; they have gone above and beyond to be accomodating.”

Castle coordinated the donations through “The REAL talk of Norwalk, Ohio,” a Facebook community page that he moderates.

“We took in 31 turkeys tonight. A great start. I worked with Robin Bleile at the food bank. She was wonderful. She will open the food bank on Wednesday as well to take in the remainder of the donations,” he said.

Castle estimated more than 40 people and organizations rallied to donate the turkeys.

“That’s what I envisioned,” he said. “It will help feed (at least) 40 families.”

A post on the “The REAL talk” page that grabbed Castle’s attention was what started the donation initiative. He said the person was asking about how his or her family could get a turkey for Thanksgiving since they apparently couldn’t afford it. 

“I’m trying to give something back,” said Castle, who saw other comments indicating there were similar situations in the Norwalk area.

“I just knew there was a need. When I saw that, I was like, ‘Let’s get together,’” he added. “We want to help the people who really need help.”

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