EDGEFIELD, S.C. –-(Ammoland.com)- The Edgefield Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation stepped up to help less fortunate families in the area by offering warm smiles and hearty meals this holiday season.
Through the Turkey Hunters Care program, the Edgefield Chapter provided 173 turkeys – a total of 1,038 meals – to families in the area to help complete the traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Volunteers distributed 45 frozen domestic turkeys to the NJROTC from Strom Thurmond High School and 50 turkeys to the Edgefield Department of Social Services on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at NWTF headquarters in Edgefield. Chapter volunteers then delivered 66 turkeys to the Johnston Food Bank and 12 turkeys to Edgefield First Baptist Church.
“The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are times for family, but they are also a time when many families are in need,” said NWTF CEO George Thornton. “Turkey Hunters Care is a great way for the NWTF's volunteers to help these families during some of the most celebrated holidays of the year.”
The NWTF is a national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1973 and has worked with wildlife agencies to restore wild turkey populations from 1.3 million wild turkeys to nearly 7 million today. Now, NWTF's volunteers raise funds and work daily to improve critical wildlife habitat, increase access to public hunting land and introduce new people to the outdoors and hunting.
For more information about the NWTF's Turkey Hunters Care program, call (800)-THE-NWTF or visit www.nwtf.org.
About the NWTF:
In 1973, Tom Rodgers founded the National Wild Turkey Federation in Fredericksburg, Va., as a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and education organization with a mission dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and preserving hunting traditions. Shortly thereafter, Rodgers relocated the NWTF to Edgefield, S.C., where it's still headquartered today.
At the time NWTF was established, there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys. Today that number stands at more than seven million birds throughout North America, thanks to the efforts of state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members and partners.
Growth and progress define the NWTF as it has expanded from 1,300 members in 1973 to nearly a half million today. With that growth has come impressive strides in wildlife management as the NWTF has forged dynamic partnerships across the country to further its conservation mission. Together, the NWTF's partners, sponsors and grassroots members have raised and spent more than $279 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving nearly 14 million acres of wildlife habitat.
While wild turkey restoration is nearing completion, the NWTF still has much work to do. Across North America, supporters are working to enhance habitat for wild turkeys and other wildlife while providing hunters with more opportunities and access to public and private land. In addition, NWTF volunteers and partners are introducing youth, women and people with disabilities to the outdoors through special educational events.