User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

36° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options




[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Turkey Hunters Donate Birds To Banquet

November 15, 2012, 5:52 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Turkey Hunters Donate Birds To Banquet

We're quickly approaching Thanksgiving.  While many are planning for their family gathering and the large meal, others will struggle to put food on the table that day.  In fact, last year, 300 people ate at The Banquet in Sioux Falls, and a similar crowd is expected this year.

Thanks to a generous donation, The Banquet now has plenty of turkey to serve.

The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation bought a truckload of turkeys.  The birds aren't going home with chapter members; instead, they'll become the cornerstone of the Thanksgiving meal at The Banquet.

"A lot of us hunt and primarily turkey hunt.  And as we all know, we're coming up on the Thanksgiving holiday and we try to give something back and this is the way we do it," chapter member Ron Schauer said.

The cost for those turkeys was about $380.  But those at the banquet say what those turkeys will provide is priceless.

"It's very important.  For a lot of folks that eat with us, they have no family to celebrate the holiday with.  They have no means of putting that holiday meal on the table for a family member.  This is a place they can come and not only eat that holiday meal but also share in the holiday atmosphere," Tamera Jerke-Liesinger of The Banquet said.

The Banquet plans to prepare 32 of the 35 donated turkeys for the Thanksgiving meal.  The remaining turkeys will go to future meals.

"What we've noticed is a lot of the folks who eat with us do have jobs.  But they're working hard, paying their rent, paying their day care, and by the time they do that they don't have money to put a meal on the table," Jerke-Liesinger said.

And as for the group of outdoors enthusiasts behind the donation, they plan to keep offering a helping hand.

"It feels great.  In fact, we actually signed up here to come back and serve here later in the year.  A group of our committee is going to come back and serve a meal to the people," Schauer said.

The Banquet can always use other donations, such as pumpkin pie, for the Thanksgiving meal.

The Banquet is also hosting a run and bike for food event on Thanksgiving.

Previous Story

Next Story




View news

You may also like

Roslyn Man Arrested In Shooting

11/21/2015 4:46 PM

A Roslyn, South Dakota man is accused of trying to kill another man overnight.

Full Story
Ronald Neels Sentenced To 75 Years In Prison

11/23/2015 5:59 PM

For more than a decade, nobody knew Ronald Neels was sexually abusing a victim inside his home near Garretson. The victim never said anything about th...

Full Story | Watch
Joseph Patterson Sentenced To Life In Prison

11/19/2015 3:55 PM

A judge has sentenced a man who was found guilty in the death of a two-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Full Story
Jared Fogle Gets More Than 15 Years In Prison

11/19/2015 12:20 PM

A judge has sentenced former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle to 15 years and eight months in prison for trading in child pornography and having sex with u...

Full Story
uShare: Snow Photos

11/20/2015 1:51 PM

Where initial forecasts called for 2 to 4 inches, parts of southeast South Dakota are seeing 10 to 12 inches of snow on Friday.

Full Story