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Thanksgiving will be different this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting Americans, and cases continue to rise. But the 

 holidays are dear to most. While some people will enjoy eating with their family or people in their pod, others may connect with their family on Zoom – or spend Thanksgiving alone. Born-and-raised Germantown resident Calvin Butler says he won’t be attending large gatherings. 

“I don’t have many plans for this Thanksgiving,” Butler says. “We used to plan family dinners, everybody did, and we always enjoyed the family gatherings. Now I miss them even more because of the pandemic and things of that sort.”

But in Germantown, a few mutual aid projects are making things a little easier. A tight-knit community is getting tighter this Thanksgiving. With the holiday  less than a week away, organizations and community members are offering food. Turkey giveaways and grocery distributions are happening in Germantown until Thanksgiving and the number of events is impressive.

The Germantown Info Hub has compiled a list of Thanksgiving giveaways:

  1. Men Who Care: Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway.

Saturday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.

180 E. Tulpehocken St. 

  1. CareNest Homecare: Free Turkeys & Free Haircuts (for boys under 13)

 Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

 5601 ½ Chew Ave.

  1. TTNL: 1st Annual Turkey Drive (limited amount)

Saturday, Nov. 22 3 to 5 p.m. 

334 E. Price St. 

  1. Groceries for Philly & Northwest Learning Hub: Grocery Giveaway

Sunday, Nov. 22 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 

5838 Germantown Ave.

  1. Center in the Park: Vernon Park 12 to 15 lb Turkey Giveaway

Saturday, Nov. 21 from Noon to 2 p.m.

5818 Germantown Ave. 

  1. Canaan Baptist Church: Drive-thru 40 lb Grocery Food Distribution

Saturday, Nov. 21 from 1 and 3 p.m. 

5430 Pulaski Ave. 

  1. Luv Thy Hood:  ‘I luv thy thanksgiving dinner holiday’ contest

Luv Thy Hood is asking you to nominate a family to win a thanksgiving dinner by Home Chef, Biyas Bites.  Winner will be delivered a catered meal on Nov. 25. *Must be following @biya_bites and @iluvthyhood on instagram, and forms can be found on @biyas_bites page.