'Turkeys to Troops' helping feed military families

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- It's grocery shopping, only instead of pulling out a debit card, people are given one.
“It's kind of emotional for someone to actually do this for you,” said Scott Crider, who retired from the military about 20 years ago. “If it wasn't for this program i don't know if my family would have a thanksgiving this year.”

"Turkeys to Troops," which is put together by Arizona Heroes to Hometowns, is in its fourth year of providing food to families of Arizona's veterans, wounded, deployed and active military.
“It's a way for the community to show that they still remember them and that they still care, we provide them with a food box that's donated through the local food banks, St. Mary's and United, and then we get donations to provide them with a $10 gift card so they can get the size of turkey that they need for their family,” said Kathy Pearce with Arizona Heroes to Hometowns.
For Scott Crider, his turkey has to be big enough to feed four mouths.
“They're coming to my house and if it wasn't for this they wouldn't be coming to my house. I am cooking a feast for them, I'm excited they're coming to see grandpa,” said Crider.
The next "Turkeys to Troops" events are Saturday November 17 in Glendale at the Disable American Veterans building. On Sunday, November 18 there will be another one at the Florence Armory in Florence.

You can find out more information about this program by visiting www.azheroestohometowns.org.