The Mountaineer Casino and Racetrack continued their tradition of donating turkeys this year by dropping off 400 turkeys at the Salvation Army in Weirton.
"This is great its great turnout later for the distribution of the turkey and the goods that go along with it and its just a good feeling for mountaineer we provide people enjoy it the holiday," says Nick Mavromatis Director of Player Development at Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino.
A few social service organizations in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia such as the Salvation Army in Weirton were lucky to receive the generous donation from Mountaineer.
Employees of the Casino spent the day delivering the nearly 800 turkeys to the less fortunate.
For many organizations this is the only way that they can afford to see that the residents have a Thanksgiving dinner this year.
"We are so grateful because if we didn't receive them by donation we would have to buy them and that's a big chunk out of our budget which we really cant afford right now with helping people with rent and utilities and things like that so the giving of these gifts are marvelous," says Captain Ed Long of Salvation Army.
75 volunteers from Salvation Army spent last night putting together the boxes that residents can pick up. These boxes contain a turkey, bread, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and fruit, enough for thanksgiving dinner and leftovers.
Mountaineer continued their spirit of giving by donating over 1100 canned goods and 500 toys to families in need. And they don't do it just around the holidays.
We've always been active in community service and this is an ongoing thing that we do all year long this is just one of the programs that help benefit needy families," says Mavromatis.