Thursday, November 26, 2009

Obama family donates Jaindl Farms turkeys to Washington, D.C., food pantry

View full sizeExpress-Times File Photo | BRUCE WINTERTurkeys stand together at Jaindl Turkey Farms in South Whitehall Township.President Barack Obama and his family this afternoon donated a couple of turkeys from Jaindl Turkey Farms to Martha's Table, a charitable organization that serves the needy in Washington, D.C.

The president made the announcement after pardoning Courage, a 45-pound gobbler presented by the National Turkey Federation. Now, instead of being served up as Thursday night dinner, Courage will serve as the grand marshal at Disneyland's Thanksgiving parade. Courage's understudy, Carolina, was also spared.

"Now, later this afternoon, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will take two of their less fortunate brethren to Martha's Table, an organization that does extraordinary work to help folks here in D.C. who need it the most," Obama said. "And I want to thank Jaindl's Turkey Farm in Orefield, Pennsylvania, for donating those dressed birds for dinner."

Jaindl Farms is based in the Orefield section of South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County.

Obama wished all Americans a happy Thanksgiving and encouraged them to share their blessings with others this holiday season. "This is an era of new perils and new hardships. But we are, as ever, a people of endless compassion, boundless ingenuity, limitless strength. We're the heirs to a hard-earned history and stewards of a land of God-given beauty. We are Americans. And for all this, we give our humble thanks -- to our predecessors, to one another, and to God," he said. Read his remarks in their entirety.

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