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Turkey Trot is online for 2020
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Turkey Trot is online for 2020

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The Turkey Trot is online for 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“In years past I would go through Darby, Hamilton and Stevensville and ask people to give a dollar or two to the food bank of their town,” said Dominic Farrenkopf, turkey. “We have a Go Fund Me page and when people contribute, they mark in their comment what food bank they’d like to support.”

New this year is that Turkey Trot donations are also being accepted for the Victor Food Bank.

“We are encouraging people to hop online and give that donation,” Farrenkopf said. “Or they can write a check and mail it to the food bank of their choice or they could go to the food bank, drop off a check and tell them ‘the turkey sent them.’”

This is the fourth year that Farrenkopf has strutted his turkey stuff through towns to ease hunger in the Bitterroot Valley. He wears the turkey costume his wife made for him because it “draws a lot of attention.”

Farrenkopf said he’s the turkey because it engages the community and encourages them to contribute to a worthy cause.

“Sapphire Lutheran Homes seeks to be part of the community, not apart from the community,” Farrenkopf said. “My role as Community Life Director at SLH requires me to engage the community in creative ways. Hence the Turkey Trot. But I won’t be going through the towns like I usually do because of COVID. Everything will be online this year.”

He said SLH encourages faithful and active community partnerships.

"Sapphire Lutheran Homes is a Christian oriented retirement center,” Farrenkopf said. “Our Mission is to provide compassionate, innovative services and amenities for seniors enabling them to enhance and maintain their quality of life."

The Turkey Trot Go Fund Me online address is gofundme.com/272j31sddc and the turkey is asking people to share it on their social media to spread the message further.

“Hopefully, people will still donate to their food bank even though it is not the same way we’ve done it in the past,” Farrenkopf said. “Make sure you contribute to your local food bank through the Turkey Trot.”

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