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Local turkey drive helps families in need during the pandemic

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- One mother says this year has been difficult for her family and seeing people give back to the community gives her hope.

Jenny Strong never thought she would find herself out of job, but once the pandemic hit that was the reality for her and her husband.

"When we first moved to Fort Wayne I had been at the same job for 15 years and it was really frustrating and very sad to now be unemployed and looking for a new job at my age," Strong said.

So coming to a local turkey drive Tuesday with her daughter was exactly the blessing she needed.

"It's been a little bit of a rough ride but seeing people in the community doing these things really helps get us through and other families through," Strong said.

She says being surrounded by so many people who care her family has also helped get her through this.

"God has blessed us with so many friends and family within out community and just seeing them pitch in and help that has been a true blessing," Strong said.

The drive was a collaboration by a few local businesses. The owner of Tri-State Exteriors, A Divine Encounter Cafe and other small businesses came together to collect the turkeys and put on the event.

"We know Thanksgiving is definitely not going to be what it was last year so we just want to do our part and make sure we get food out there for the people who are going to sit down and be blessed to have a good Thanksgiving," Tri-State Exteriors owner Jacob Ferry said.

Strong was able to take two turkeys to feed her husband and four children. She says through all of the hardship she feels grateful to be able to spend the holidays with the people who mean the most to her.

"There is no bigger blessing than all four of our children that we do have and as long as I'm with them it doesn't really matter," Strong said.

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Arielle Cadet

Arielle Cadet joined WPTA in August 2019. The Atlanta, Georgia native graduated from the University of Missouri and serves as Weekend Anchor/MMJ for ABC21. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or shoot her an email at

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