Albany County Sheriff's Department prepares Thanksgiving dinners

Kumi Tucker
Updated: November 24, 2020 08:58 PM
Created: November 24, 2020 05:17 PM

CLARKSVILLE - With two days to go until Thanksgiving, they were getting the turkey and stuffing ready Tuesday at the Albany County Sheriff's Office in Clarksville. 

More than 330 meals were prepared and loaded up to be delivered to people in Albany County who need them the most. 

This is their first Thanksgiving meal effort. Usually, their holiday celebration is the annual Hilltown Christmas.  

"This year, we can't have the party for the Hilltown Christmas. We're still doing a massive toy drop for roughly 3[00] to 400 kids, but we figured we'd change it up a little this year.  We know that there are a lot of families out there struggling, and so we thought we'd do some turkey dinners instead," said Sheriff Craig Apple. 

The usual big community get-togethers have been canceled. Equinox, for example, is doing deliveries and buying meals from local restaurants this year. 

"But when they canceled that, I started to think you know what, we can do that," said Sheriff Apple. "We have a kitchen, we've got some great partners out there in the community. It took two phone calls, and we had everything we needed." 

All this was made possible by the generosity of Sysco and Old World Provisions out of Troy, which donated almost everything they needed. 

Once again, the sheriff's staff jumped right in to help. 

The pandemic means family get-togethers are canceled, too.

"I myself, my family, we usually have 25 to 30 at my house. This year, it's my wife and I," said the sheriff.  "So it's a little bit different, and I'm sure there's hundreds of thousands of families that are the same way. So it is a little different, but we want to make sure everybody has a good meal."

After the sheriff put out the word, targeted requests came in, focusing on those who might need it the most. There's 600 pounds of turkey going out of the sheriff's department kitchen.  

This may be a year like no other, but the spirit of giving endures.

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