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‘Free The Z’ Turkey Drive Returns To Brewer Hannaford

Nobody’s quite sure exactly how long Z107.3 has been hosting the Free the Z Turkey Drive.

It doesn’t really matter, though. What does matter is that the drive has been going on for a long time (at least 15 years) in the Hannaford parking lot in Brewer, and because of you, it has collected thousands of turkeys for needy families in the area.

This year our goal is 2016 turkeys, one more than last year. Actually, 2015 was crazy. We finished with a record 3,654 turkeys.

Kid from the Z Morning Show on hosts the event, and he can’t leave the parking lot until the goal is met. It’s not so bad, though. He can sleep in a Winnebego provided by one of the event’s many sponsors. There’s even a a television in there this year. There’s a tent and a generator, too. There wasn’t even a tent when it first started, but it’s come a long way — again because of the local businesses who sponsor the event.

It’s come a long way, too, because of the generosity of the station’s listeners. Hundreds of people each year donate turkeys (or money — $10 equals one turkey) to the cause.

Regulars come together again to talk about past years and all the things that happen during those three days in a grocery store parking lot in November.

First, there’s the weather. November can be a tough month, and the conditions in the parking lot have featured cold, snow and even some flooding.

Then there are the people.Some people donate one turkey. Others donate 25. School buses full of children come each year to drop off their donations and get their photos taken with Kid and Sabrina. One man, who remains anonymous, comes each year and quietly hands Kid a check for $2,000. One year it was for $2,500.  This year, Paul Wolfe of the midday show was the one who received the check from the man, who said only, “Have a nice day.”

Truth is, every day at the turkey drive is nice because of you guys.

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