Another Successful Year for The People’s Turkey Drive

The northwest Indiana non-profit teamed up with TCU to ensure that 800 families can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.

Nine years ago, Juan Fernandez began what has become a northwest Indiana tradition: The People’s Turkey Drive. Fernandez and other volunteers — including TCU Team Members — hand out turkeys and canned goods to families in need on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Inspired by his beloved grandmother’s love of the holiday, Fernandez wanted to honor her memory, and in 2010, he donated dinners to over 30 families in East Chicago. Since then, The People’s Turkey Drive has provided more than 3,000 families in need — nearly 12,000 people in all — with a Thanksgiving meal.

With support from local businesses, including TCU, which provided reusable grocery bags to distribute meals, The People’s Turkey Drive provided 800 Thanksgiving dinners this year to families across Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.

“It was such a rewarding experience delivering holiday meals to those in need,” said TCU’s Hammond Service Center Manager Angelina Salazar. “It doesn’t get much better than Thanksgiving bags for families. We hope to do it every year and it’s something that we at TCU feel strongly about and are proud to help make happen.”