FLINT, MI — Those in need of a Thanksgiving turkey can get one at a pair of Tuesday events in Flint.
The Latinx Technology & Community Center is holding a turkey giveaway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 at its facility located at 2101 Lewis Street in Flint.
Another turkey giveaway is set to be held at The Sweet Leaf dispensary, 400 S. Dort Highway, from 1 p.m. Tuesday until donations are gone.
The center hopes the event will help people celebrate with their household and not congregate as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, director Asa Zuccaro said. The center serves everybody but wanted to put its own twist on the holidays by serving tamales.
The center will provide a dozen tamales with every turkey, as well sides of mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese.
“In my family, when we celebrate holidays during the holiday season, one thing I would look forward to is the tamales,” Zuccaro said. “We never had a family celebration without tamales. For me, it wasn’t the turkey I was looking forward to, it was always the tamales.”
World champion boxer Claressa Shields, former NBA player and Flint Northwestern standout Morris Peterson and Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley plan on volunteering at The Sweet Leaf event, said Bruce Leach, the event’s sponsor and attorney for the dispensary.
More than 300 turkeys have been donated so far, Leach said, tripling the group’s original goal. Canned food donations will also be available.
The event is made possible through a partnership with The Sweet Leaf and United Way of Flint and Genesee County.
“This year, we’ve been blessed enough to be in a position to give back so we want to give back as much as we can,” Leach said.