Providence Clinic helps kick-off MATS turkey sales

Dr. Mike Dillard (right) presents Tonya Polidoro, executive director of MATS, with a check to purchase 100 turkeys for those in need.

Dr. Mike Dillard of the Providence Clinic helped launch the 29th Annual Turkey Smoking benefitting the Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter with a purchase of 100 turkeys to give away to those in the community who may not be able to afford a turkey this Thanksgiving.

Dillard offered this opportunity to the community last year as well, saying he wanted to make sure those who really felt like they needed the help were able to get it without having to show proof of income or need. With this purchase, he is able to do that while simultaneously helping MATS raise money for their self-sufficiency program for the homeless.

“I’m happy to do whatever will help the event be successful,” Dillard said.

Those who cannot afford to purchase a turkey of their own can go pick up a voucher at the Providence Clinic, located at 220 Martin Luther King Parkway in Morristown, starting on Monday during regular business hours. Those vouchers can then be redeemed for a free smoked turkey on Nov. 27 at MATS’ 29th Annual Turkey Smoking event. Further details will be provided on the voucher.

MATS has been selling smoked turkeys almost as long as they have been serving the homeless in the Lakeway Area and added the pre-cooked hams in 2015 with great success. The annual smoking event takes place at the shelter at 733 W. Main Street from noon to 5 p.m. and includes a bake sale, local vendors, a local food truck and a children’s play area weather permitting. All proceeds go toward operating costs of the shelter and its programs.

Kristy Lacy, president of the board for MATS, said the event is one of her favorites throughout the year, and she is looking forward to another success.

“Anyone that purchases a ham or turkey not only relieves some cooking stress for themselves on Thanksgiving, but they help to support the shelter and the ministries it provides to the homeless in our community,” she said.

Fresh smoked turkeys, priced at $40, are between 11-13 pounds and can feed around eight adults. Pre-cooked hams, priced at $35, are between 8-10 pounds and can feed around 11 adults. Orders can be placed online at matstn.com or in person at 733 West Main Street. For more information about MATS visit www.matstn.com.