Major Bailey bowls a frozen turkey.

Major Bailey bowls a frozen turkey.

Most bowlers know that a turkey is a good thing; however, those same bowlers would never think of using a frozen bird as a ball and chucking it down the lane in hopes of a strike. But, some Terre Haute Gordon Food Service shoppers got the opportunity to knock down pins in hopes of winning a Thanksgiving feast last Saturday.

GFS brainstormed the idea with B102.7 (Crossroad Communications’ mix station) to promote its Thanksgiving Tasting Day and give back to The Salvation Army at the same time. Store Manager Brad Smith, who spent the day recording scores and waxing the linoleum “lane”, hopes to make it an annual event. To participate, shoppers had to donate a non-perishable food item to The Salvation Army’s Terre Haute food pantry. Major Keith Bailey, Corps Officer in Terre Haute, braved the 29-degree weather to collect the much needed foodstuffs. “This will go a long way to helping those in need here in Vigo County,” said Bailey.

GFS Turkey Bowling for The Salvation Army

GFS Turkey Bowling for The Salvation Army

Julie Henricks, B102.7 midday hostess, helped organize the event and connect GFS with The Salvation Army. “We’re committed to supporting the community. Our radio station reaches people daily, so it gives us a chance to reach out to an organization like The Salvation Army, which is what comes to mind most during the holidays,” said Henricks.

In addition to the food collected on Saturday, three of the area high schools (West Vigo, North Terre Haute, and South Terre Haute) brought in their food drive collections to further increase the stock on the shelves. For more from Terre Haute’s Tribune Star, check out Crystal Garcia’s “Gutter Butterball” article.