WMGK-DeBella Turkey Drop a Success, Online Donations Still Accepted
November 25, 2014
November 25 from 6-9 a.m., Classic Rock 102.9 WMGK-FM’s morning host, John DeBella, broadcast live and collected monetary and turkey donations at Love Park (16th & JFK in Center City Philadelphia) during his 13th Annual John DeBella Turkey Drop. The rest of the WMGK air staff collected donations at eight other locations (7 Giant Food Store locations in PA and Cherry Hill Classic Jaguar in NJ) across the tri-state area. Last year’s Turkey Drop raised over 9,000 turkeys. The station is hoping that this year’s Turkey Drop will raise even more.
The John DeBella Turkey Drop is the largest, one day food gathering event in Philadelphia. The Turkey Drop benefits Cityteam Philadelphia, an organization that provides holiday meals as well as other services to less fortunate individuals and families in the tri-state area. Cityteam Philadelphia, has seen a record number of sign-ups for holiday meal assistance this year. A large percentage of families seeking City Team’s assistance are seeking assistance for the first time.
Listeners that weren’t able to make it out to one of the 9 collection locations are still able to take part in this year’s WMGK Turkey Drop by going to wmgk.com or turkeydrop.wmgk.com and making a secure, tax deductible donation that will go directly to Cityteam Philadelphia. Online donations will be accepted through Sunday, November 30.
Mayor Michael Nutter was among the many guests who made an appearance, urging listeners to make an on-site or online donation to the Turkey Drop. This year’s efforts were assisted by a huge donation from Parx Casino. Parx Casino surprised everyone by having a truck with over $10,000 worth of turkeys pull up to the Love Park live broadcast site.
This year’s output was helped by sizable donations from a variety of sources, including: Freedom Credit Union, Giant Food Stores, UFCW Local 1776, Hooters Food & Restaurant, Always Best Care Senior Services, 6abc, Dave Magrogran Group, John Dougherty’s IBEW Local 98, Local 1 Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Mingey General Contractors, Bob’s Diner in Roxborough.