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500 turkeys given away in Pontiac

Pontiac City Councilman Randy Carter passes out food to Pontiac residents. PHOTO/XAVIER HERSHOVITZ

BY XAVIER HERSHOVITZ
OU News Bureau

Hundreds of Pontiac residents waited in line Nov. 18 to receive one of 500 free turkeys given away at Pontiac City Hall.

The event, in its fifth year, is put together by Community Network Services and is sponsored by the City of Pontiac, Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Garrett

Community Network Services CEO Michael Garrett said it is part of their role.

“I believe organizations have a responsibility to give back to their communities,” Garrett said.

Dubrae Newman, treasurer of the Pontiac School Board and four-time organizer of the event, said much goes into making sure it’s a success.

Dubrae Newman

“I order the turkeys and then get all the committees together, partnering with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and the mayor to make sure we can have it here,” Newman said. “The partnership has worked over the years.”

Among the 40 volunteers, Newman said, were Oakland County Commissioner David Bowman and Pontiac City Councilman Randy Carter.

“It puts a beautiful spirit out in the universe that the people who are being helped can go talk to another person about how beautiful it is to be in the city of Pontiac,” said Carter, who also is a board member for Community Network Services.

Bowman agreed that providing needed resources to residents is a great thing.

“These are very valuable events,” Bowman said. “This really fills a gap for those middle-income families who may not be able to provide these resources for their family.”

 

 

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