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Turkey drive canceled; some seniors to get gift cards

Turkey drive
A recent turkey drive organized by Norman Oliver.

The pandemic has caused a statewide turkey drive to be canceled, founder Norman Oliver said today.

“Due to the COVID-19 virus, Food Lion, Nor Enterprises/Our Youth Inc. and Multiplying Good will be partnering to give out Food Lion gift cards to the management of all the senior high rises located in the city of Wilmington for residents to use towards the purchase of their Thanksgiving meal,” he said in a statement.

“There will be no in-person gatherings at any of the locations this year,” he added.

Oliver began the event by feeding four homeless men under a bridge in Wilmington. He grew up in Wilmington’s rough Southbridge neighborhood, was nicknamed “Stormin’ Norman” by a coach, eventually earned a graduate degree in social work and served as a Wilmington city councilman for 12 years.

With the support of dozens of individuals and organizations, the drive lately provided turkey and the trimmings to more than 30,000 people a year.

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