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Ministry able to serve turkeys on Thanksgiving thanks to local man

Posted at 11:55 AM, Nov 21, 2018

A turkey travesty turned into a Thanksgiving miracle thanks to one man who wanted to make a difference in his community. 

Allen Blankenship, the owner of Tasty Creations Catering, was dropping off donations at Our Daily Bread ministries when he heard they didn't have the funds to feed their community turkey on Thanksgiving. 

Blankenship knew he had to do something, so he took to Facebook asking his friends and family to donate turkeys or funds to buy them. Soon after posting, he collected enough to get 60 turkeys for the ministry. 

But when Blankenship went to buy the birds, he ran into a problem. 

He was told there was a two turkey limit on the sales price. Even after explaining the turkeys were for charity they wouldn't budge, but he did not give up. 

Allen's wife reached out to the Giant in Pasadena and they were able to help them in more ways than they originally anticipated. Not only did the Giant agree to honor the sales price, they later called Blankenship and told him they were donating the 60 turkeys. 

Less than one week ago Our Daily Bread had no money for turkeys, and thanks to Blankenship they had 60 turkeys, and money for 60 more! 

He decided to donate the other purchased birds to Hezikiah, allowing 60 more families to gobble up some goodness this Thanksgiving. 

But Blankenship didn't stop there. 

In addition to all of his effort to raise money for the turkeys, he is also donating his time and helping prepare them as well. 

A lot of people have something to be thankful for this year, and for many in the Pasadena community, they are thankful for Allen Blankenship.