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Posted: November 25, 2008 6:49 p.m.
Updated: November 26, 2008 4:59 a.m.

Shelby Goodfellow a 13 year old from Valencia and member of troop 291 helps to give out turkeys at the Hunger Defense Funds donation and pick up center in Canyon Country.

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More than 100 local families will have a turkey on their dinner table for Thanksgiving courtesy of a hefty donation from a local Girl Scouts troop.

Eight Girl Scouts from Valencia Troop 2912 hand-delivered 75 turkeys Tuesday to volunteers and clients of Hunger Defense Fund, a nonprofit food bank.

The scouts distributed 50 turkeys Thursday.

"It's a huge blessing for us and for me," said Wendi Lancy, community outreach coordinator for the Hunger Defense Fund on Thursday.

The donations come at a critical time as demand at the Hunger Defense Fund is up 52 percent compared to 2007, she said.

And the holiday season typically draws more customers, she said.

"It's all for them," Lancy said, referring to the line of customers waiting for the distribution to begin.
Lancy called the troop "very generous" and "hard working."

"They care a lot about the community," she said.

The project began nearly a month ago when Troop 2912 undertook the effort to receive a Silver Award, which involves earning patches and doing community service work.

"It's nice to help out during the holidays," troop member Athena Kavounas said.

The Girl Scouts, all 13-year-old eighth-graders at Placerita Junior High School, previously volunteered for the Hunger Defense Fund's drive-through food drop-off.

This time their focus was on feeding families for Thanksgiving.

The scouts began talking to friends and family who donated money and grocery gift cards.

Another Girl Scouts troop donated a $75 gift card for their efforts.

Word soon spread about the project and others in the community stepped up.

"It's just such a nice, warm feeling that this community is so supportive," troop leader Dani Kavounas said.

The Girl Scouts, who have known each other since kindergarten, raised more than $1,000, enough for 125 turkeys weighing about 16 pounds each.

"When people need stuff, our community can pull together and really make things happen," troop member Shelby Goodfellow said.

While fundraising for 125 turkeys may seem overwhelming to some, Girl Scout Amanda Plante took it in stride.

"I knew we were doing good," she said.


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