Edwardsville-based TorHoerman Law staff hosted its eighth annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Alton Amphitheater. The law firm gave away 500 turkeys and raffled off other prizes and items.
The giveaway is supported by local organizations and businesses.
“The unsung heroes of the Turkey Giveaway are the sponsors” Attorney and President of the THL Employee Foundation Tyler Schneider said. “They play such a huge role in helping us to get through this process. They are the wheels that keep us moving forward.”
With the event growing in success over the years, THL employees have been able to see the positive effects it has had on the community.
“It’s very satisfying personally to be a part of an event where we can give some support to those in the community who might be having a difficult time,” Attorney Eric Terry said. “I first realized how impactful the event was when someone told me that because of the event, they were able to have a traditional Thanksgiving for the first time in a couple of years.”
Some 12 percent of Madison County families face difficulty in obtaining consistent meals, the firm said.
“The Turkey Giveaway is important because we are able to provide Thanksgiving dinners to households that may not have enough in their budget to purchase a turkey and other food,” paralegal and event organizer Kristie Stephens said. “This could make a difference in deciding whether to buy medicine or pay a bill. This will be one less thing to worry about as the holiday season approaches.”
The firm offered thanks to CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, Walton Telken, Paszkiewicz Litigation Services, The Lane Family, Urban League, Source Juicery and Robert Chick Fritz for donations and other sponsorships.