Matanuska-Susitna Borough

58 Turkey Meals Donated by Borough Staff

Mat-Su | Patty Sullivan | Monday, November 20, 2017

Matanuska-Susitna Borough employees donated Thanksgiving dinners for 58 families today.

In 50 mph winds, volunteers took blasts of snow to the face when loading boxes of turkey meals into a pick up bed to transport to Alaska Family Services. The local nonprofit offers services for people and families to overcome challenges and will use the donations to help provide meals for more than 200 families this Thanksgiving. Borough employees have been donating turkey dinners to nonprofits for more than a decade.

This year Borough Landfill employee Char Avril led the effort. “I gladly participate in it,” Avril said. “We all are just a few paychecks away from needing help. It’s a good thing to give thanks and help others in need, anything to help people. I get that good feeling in my heart. If it wasn’t for the giving hearts of people who I work with who stepped up, we wouldn’t have such a strong showing.”

Mat-Su Borough employees who volunteered include:

Cindy Loyer, Mary Miller, Rachael Richardson, Nick Uphus, Sandy Zartman, Margie Cobb, Krista King, Jennifer Ballinger, Karol Riese, Teresa Dolan, Toby Riddell, Dave Steadman, Jeff Walden, Curtis Townsend, Bob Bechtold, Nancy Adkins, and Char Avril.

Several more also donated food.

For more information contact Char Avril at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Char Avril led the turkey basket effort this year. Bracing in the blustery wind, Curtis Townsend and Bob Bechtold haul goods to the pick up to be delivered. Administration donated 3 turkey meals with Mary Miller and Rachael Richardson delivering. Flags straight out kind of day Snowdrift blocking in your car kind of day