Three local businesses have started a drive to collect 20,000 turkeys this holiday season for struggling food banks.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is in short supply of both food and cash this holiday season. Over 250,000 Southern Arizonans receive help from the food bank each month, and the demand is particularly great this holiday season.

Because of this, three local businesses have teamed up in an effort to collect 20,000 turkeys, all to be donated to The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. The collection will take place on Dec. 15.

Retired Diamondback baseball outfielder, Luis Gonzales, has agreed to shoot TV and radio commercials for the 20,000 Turkeys for Tucson Challenge.

Casino Del Sol Resort, Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi, and Tucson Appliance Company are coordinating this effort, with the idea being that three key owners and operators are acting out of concern for their local community.

Southern Arizonans are asked to donate turkeys (or cash donations for food) on Thursday, Dec. 15, at Casino del Sol Resort, Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi, and Tucson Appliance from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Trucks will be transporting turkey donations throughout the day to The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

The businesses will be competing to see who can secure the most turkeys and cash. Each business owner has vowed to rally their customers to bring more donations than the other.

Chris Edwards will dress up in a costume to collect each item, and he has a special offer up his sleeve for those who donate. Mr. An will be at his Oracle location to personally except all donations as he has done for the past three years. And Casino del Sol Resort promises to have a gift for each person that donates.

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