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"Turkeys for Tickets" a win-win for Food Bank, City Mission and Sabres fans!

Thousands donate turkeys in exchange for Sabres tickets

November 15, 2018 - 9:25 am

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - An incredible community outpouring of giving Thursday morning as the Buffalo Sabres, Entercom Radio and Wegmans teamed up to help fill the freezers at the Food Bank of Western New York and the Buffalo City Mission as the Thanksgiving season is upon us.

The annual "Turkeys for Tickets" campaign was underway, allowing Sabres fans to roll up at three locations in their cars, make a donation of a turkey, and receive a pair of tickets to an upcoming Sabres game.

"Our goal is about two thousand turkeys and I think we're going to be well past that this year", said Chris Bandura of the Buffalo Sabres as he handed out tickets to a line of cars outside the Wegman's on Alberta Drive in Amherst.

At any given point during the three hour event, dozens upon dozens of cars were waiting in line to make their donation and receive tickets.  Teams of volunteers kept the lines moving and efficient as busy commuters veered off their usual routes to make a turkey donation.

Heather Mattiuzzo with the City Mission says the need for food grows each year and the Mission is serving a community meal early next week and will be open Thanksgiving Day for those in need as well.  "We try to serve as many as we possibly can", says Mattiuzzo.

"About one in eight people in Western New York are 'food insecure'" according to Cassie Barrett with the Food Bank of WNY.  In any given month, the Food Bank serves about 140,000 individuals.

Throughout the event, many donors were giving two, three or four turkeys and Batavia Downs rolled up to the surface lot outside Key Bank Center with a pick-up trucked filled with 100 turkeys for the drive.

Batavia Down donates 100 turkeys/WBEN Photo

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