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Turkey tree meant to help feed people at Thanksgiving

By TERRI HARBER The Daily News Nov 8, 2017

A cartoon turkey hangs on the Turkey Tree at Crossroads Family Dentistry. People who choose a cartoon turkey from the tree and donate either a frozen turkey or cash to Crossroads for use in the upcoming annual community Thanksgiving dinner will have their cartoon turkey included in a drawing for a free electric toothbrush.

BULLHEAD CITY — A local dentist is collecting frozen turkeys for use in this year’s upcoming community Thanksgiving dinner. 

Kerry Burgess, of Crossroads Family Dental in Bullhead City, has in his office what staff members refer to as a “Turkey Tree.” 

Small cartoons of turkeys hang on the tree’s branches. People can ask for one of the tree trimmings and return with a frozen turkey. 

An added incentive for people to donate frozen turkeys is that those little paper turkeys become tickets in a contest to win an electric toothbrush.

People can donate money in lieu of purchasing the turkey and still get in on the toothbrush contest. All of the cartoon turkeys from people who have donated to the Thanksgiving dinner are prominently displayed in the waiting room, not far from the Turkey Tree itself. 

This is the first year in which Burgess and his staff have worked with Caring Hearts Food Ministry and Lizzy’s Kitchen to help with the dinner. The ministry also helps make healthy meals for residents who are food-challenged and provides meals for those in need.

Crossroads has had an Angel Tree in the office in the past. Inspiration to give back at Thanksgiving came from finding out about another local business being involved with the ministry in the community dinner, said Melinda Zalar, business assistant for Crossroads.

The ministry will have people pick up the turkeys from the dentist’s office, where the birds will be stored in a freezer.

Lizzy’s Kitchen prepares and serves the dinner for the ministry in its restaurant at 2649 Highway 95. Dinner service is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving. And, of course, the complete turkey dinner, including pumpkin pie for dessert, is free for anyone who wants to eat.

The dentist’s office will accept frozen turkeys and money donations through Nov. 17.  

Any turkeys not used to prepare the community dinner will be used for Christmas, Zalar added.

For details, call 928-704-2580.


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