At one point the line stretched all the way down the paper-plate aisle.
It was just another sign of Centralians and their co-workers taking care of each other.
The occasion was the annual Hubbell-Chance labor union’s annual Thanksgiving Turkey giveaway.
“This is a great thing,” said Tom Chambers, a 42-year Hubble-Chance veteran as he stood in the back room of Prenger Foods – Centralia shooting the breeze with some of his friends as union officers handed out frozen turkeys and checked names off lists. “I started at the foundry here almost 40 years ago. I was out while I was in the Navy for a few years, got back here in ’82 and thanks to the Union, every year I did not have to go out and get a turkey for Thanksgiving.”
David Brand, the union’s newly elected executive vice-president said they had distributed 200 or so of the estimated ?? turkeys by noon, but the real rush would occur when the day shift let out around 3 p.m.
Other officers assisting with the turkey distribution included: Aaron Johnston – chief steward, Frank Hancock – a member of the executive board, Jesse Montgomery – president and Charlie Cunningham – sergeant of arms.
Cunningham said by the days end they expected to have given away approximately five pallets, 600 turkeys.
“A lot of us give our turkeys to needy families around town, or to food banks,” Cunningham said as he shifted a flat of four turkeys from a cold pallet to the one of the long white tables were members were lined up. “Often we get notes from members asking that their turkeys be given to somebody else and today is always a big hit for our retired members.”
On his way out, Kevin Dickey also said the event helped the holidays.
“This is my 32nd turkey,” he said with a frozen gobbler tucked under his right arm. “This make makes the holidays a little nicer. It shows that people care and are willing to take care of each other.”