What is Traveling Turkeys?
The original purpose of the Traveling Turkeys program was to show appreciation to caregivers during National Caregivers Month (November). The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid America Chapter wanted to send their thanks to caregivers across Kansas, Western Missouri, and Nebraska through Traveling Turkeys: Giving Thanks for Giving Care.
Traveling Turkeys has since evolved into a program that aims to ease the stresses, both physically and financially, of preparing a holiday meal for persons living with MS and their families by delivering grocery basket/grocery gift cards. The program also seeks to ensure persons living with MS receive a personal visit from a delivery volunteer to alleviate isolation during the holidays.
Why does the National MS Society Mid America Chapter support this program?
The National MS Society: Mid America Chapter supports the Traveling Turkeys program because we are dedicated to stopping MS in its tracks and helping people with MS live their best lives. By delivering a Traveling Turkeys basket, we ease the stresses of the holiday season for someone living with MS and their family. Everyone deserves a relaxing and joyous holiday—we are here to help make that happen.
Is Traveling Turkeys a national initiative?
No. The National MS Society: Mid America Chapter is proud to call the Traveling Turkeys program our own. While similar programs may be offered at other MS Society Chapters, our structure, execution, and amount of people we are able to assist make us unique! And we are proud of that!
I would like to volunteer to assemble and deliver baskets. How can I get involved?
Traveling Turkeys could not happen without the help of volunteers. There is a need for volunteers to donate, assemble, and deliver baskets to recipients’ homes. If you would like to assist in donating and delivering Traveling Turkey baskets, click here or call 800-344-4867 and press 1.
I would like to donate money. How can I get involved?
We appreciate your interest in donating financially to Traveling Turkeys. It is through the generous support of people like you that we are able to continue this long-standing tradition. Fifty dollars will provide a meal for four people!
To donate money, Click here or call 800-344-4867 and press 1.
I am a person who lives with MS and would like to receive a basket. How do I sign up?
Traveling Turkeys is a program dedicated to easing the stress of the holidays for those living with MS. This program provides a Thanksgiving basket of groceries for 4 people to a person with MS and their family. Dinners are donated from a variety of sources and are available first-come, first-serve based on availability of donations.
Registration opens Friday, Oct. 14. Those requesting a meal will complete a registration and be placed on the list in the order requests are received. Signing up does not guarantee you will receive a basket and you must register by Friday, Nov. 4. You will be notified one to two weeks prior to Thanksgiving if we will be able to provide a basket to you.
If you would like to receive a basket, click here to register or call 1-800-344-4867 and press 1.
What sort of items should I donate?
If you wish to donate a meal basket, we ask that you plan to deliver the basket, as well. A list of items needed include:
- 1 small turkey or turkey breast (5-7 lbs), frozen
- 1 box of mashed potatoes or bag of potatoes
- 1 box of stuffing
- 1 can of yams or sweet potatoes
- 1-2 cans of vegetables (corn, green beans, carrots, etc.)
- 1 can of cranberry sauce
- 1 packet of gravy mix
- 1 package of rolls
- 1 pumpkin pie or other dessert
Additional items you may wish (but are not required) to include:
- A foil roasting pan
- Festive holiday plates and napkins
- Holiday-themed dish towels
- A note wishing the family a Happy Thanksgiving
How many people receive Traveling Turkey meals/gift cards?
In 2015, 148 families were provided meals/gift cards throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. This year, we hope to serve about 150! We need your help to make this goal a reality.
My company would like to get involved. What are some ways we can?
Every year, companies across Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska rally together to make Traveling Turkeys a success. Simply email Leslie Vohs, Leslie.Vohs@nmss.org for more information.
My Bike/Walk MS team would like to get involved. How can we help?
Traveling Turkeys is the perfect way to keep Bike MS and Walk MS teams engaged year-round. If your team would like ideas on how to get involved with this impactful program, email Leslie Vohs, Leslie.Vohs@nmss.org, or to register to donate and deliver click here, or to donate money click here.
Where can I learn more information?
To learn more information, please visit our website by clicking here, call us at 800-344-4867 and press 1, or email Leslie.Vohs@nmss.org.