Heavenly Village Stores Donate 500 Turkeys To Local Charities, Turkey Campaign Still Ongoing | South Lake Tahoe


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif .– The small businesses that are part of the Heavenly Village stores have exceeded their goal of collecting 500 turkeys for Christmas Cheer and Phoenix Food Pantry for Thanksgiving.

In 2020, there was a great shortage of turkeys for families in need in South Lake Tahoe. The Shops jumped on the task and 300 turkeys were donated to the two groups that help feed local residents.

For 2021, Gary Casteel Jr. of Trans Sierra Investments / The Shops at Heavenly Village has set an ambitious goal of 350 turkeys. Currently, Turkey Drive has collected nearly 500 turkeys for 2021.

“I am very grateful to our local business community. Thanks to COVID, smoke and the Caldor shutdown, local businesses have returned for the
community in an important way, ”Casteel said. “I can’t thank them enough. ”

The turkeys were donated by companies such as Fire and Ice, Ted Kennedy, Ten Crows, California Burger, South of North Brewing, Lucky Beaver Bar and Burger, Diamond Resorts, Basecamp Pizza, Kalanis, Azul Latin Kitchen, Driftwood Cafe, Village Toys, Heavenly Cinemas, Poe Rava Gem Co, Sun West, The Tiki Bar, Blue Pebbles, Beanies and Bikinis, Beachside Gifts, Tahoe Beach Retreat and the Casteel Family.

For 2021, not only have the companies of the Celestial Village participated, the companies
outside the village did the same, according to Turkey Drive organizer Dreu Murin.

“I can’t thank Dreu, Gary and all the small businesses enough for supporting this Turkey Drive enough,” said Tom Davis, Christmas Cheers board member. “It’s been a tough few years and whenever we need anything Dreu and Gary have always been there for us at Christmas Cheer.

The Phoenix Food pantry will also receive a large portion of the turkeys that will be distributed by the Presbyterian Church of Lake Tahoe.

“I would like to personally thank the businesses and individuals who have made donations, especially the Heavenly Village stores for their generosity for this year’s turkey campaign,” said Tamara Wallace, Mayor of South Lake Tahoe. “I realize how difficult the past few years have been for the business community, so it is especially heartwarming to see them still stepping in and helping those in our community who are having difficulty during the holidays. God bless them!”

The public can always donate to Turkey Drive or to the charities themselves. To coordinate fundraising, contact Murin at [email protected] The need should be great this year and every little bit counts.

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