For the 17th year, Chugach Electric Association is helping provide holiday meals to Alaskans in need by donating 450 turkeys to local nonprofits.

"We are fortunate to live in a prosperous and generous community," Chugach CEO Lee Thibert said in a news release Monday. "But we know there are those who could use a little extra help through the holidays, and Chugach is very pleased to be able to continue this holiday tradition."

Thibert says the 450 turkeys are bought from Carrs Safeway and are being delivered all week to 10 local charities:
- Bean's Café
- Brother Francis Shelter
- Mabel T. Caverly Center
- Anchorage Rescue Mission
- St. Francis House
- Covenant House
- Alaska Women's Aid in Crisis (AWAIC)
- Food Bank of Alaska
- Salvation Army/McKinnell House 
- Lutheran Social Services

"Some people might not actually have the money to buy a turkey," Mable T. Caverly Center volunteer Pat Stable said after the turkeys were delivered. "I love it."

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