2,500 turkeys distributed at giveaway in Norfolk


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Saturday morning, dozens of volunteers with CMA CGM and the Salvation Army worked to unbox, bag, and dish out 2,500 free turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving outside Military Circle Mall in Norfolk.

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“I think it’s the best, there’s lots of need in the community when folks come out and do this for the rest of us we feel elated we feel like there’s somebody caring about what we need,” said smiling community member Emily Holmes as a volunteer put a turkey in her car.

The line of cars seemed endless for those waiting to get their big bird stashed in their trunks. It was an effort made possible through The Salvation Army and CMA CGM, which donated the turkeys.

“We always say, for us with the platform we have, is to bring companies and individuals who have the means to help others, who may not have. So, CMA CGM is one of those partners,” said Area Commander of Salvation Army of Hampton Roads, Donald Dohmann.

(WAVY Photo – Aesia Toliver)

Ed Aldridge with CMA CGM says he hopes this shows the community how much they care.

“Our company is a company that acts on people for people, and we just love to give back to the communities where we work and live,” Aldridge said.

This is the second time the groups have partnered up. This time, with 500 more turkeys and considering current supply chain issues, that’s not a feat to be taken lightly.

“We planned it very early and we knew there was a shortage, and we were very lucky to get them,” Aldridge said.

Talk about giving back in a big way, CMA CGM is giving out 12,000 turkeys across the country, a number they hope to outdo in the future.

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