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Stormin’s Turkey Giveaway is Celebrating its 37th Year

Post Date:11/25/2019 12:30 PM

Food Lion Supports the Goal of Turkeys for 6,000 Families

NOTE: Please address media inquiries to Norman Oliver at 302.655.8250

For thirty-seven years, Norman Oliver has led an effort in Wilmington to organize a holiday turkey giveaway to assist families and seniors. This year, Oliver continues a statewide effort of providing 6,000 families with turkeys in Wilmington, New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties. This is the biggest and boldest goal for Oliver after starting nearly four decades ago by feeding four homeless men under a bridge in Wilmington.
Turkey distribution sites for tomorrow (Tuesday, November 26) have already been established throughout the State in conjunction with the local branches of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware along with other locations listed in this news release. In addition, many local churches and community centers will also be recipients of this year’s turkeys.
Oliver and the hundreds of volunteers who support the annual turkey drive remind citizens that there is still time to donate turkeys to support the effort by going to any of the delivery locations listed in this new release and donate a frozen turkey on Tuesday, November 26th. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please visit
“For more than three decades, Our Youth Inc. and Nor Enterprises have fed thousands of families and seniors for the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Oliver. “We have been able to take this effort statewide again because of the support of numerous companies and organizations and especially our lead sponsor, Food Lion, for their continued support of this event and their commitment to feed families in Delaware. Each year the number of supporters continues to grow and this year, in addition to Food Lion, it includes the Farnan Law Firm, Multiplying Good (formerly the Jefferson Awards Foundation), the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Duffield Associates, Charter School of Wilmington, Jefferson Council, Leroy A. Tice Esquire, P.A., Breakthru Beverage Delaware, Laborers Local 199, The Buccini/Pollin Group, EDIS, Christina School District, United HealthCare, St. Elizabeth School, Connections, Community Presbyterian Church, The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, United Way of Delaware, Sonny & Pam Vaccaro, JFK Entertainment, Duffy’s Hope, The Masons, New Castle County Pan-Hellenic Council,  Dependable Construction, Delaware State University, Smyrna High School Marching Band, the Walnut Street YMCA Band & Steppers,  The Monday Club, Jobs For Delaware Graduates, The Honorable Hanifa Shabazz, The Honorable Bill West, The Honorable David Genshaw, The Honorable Robin Christiansen, The Honorable Robert Johnson, The Honorable Archie Campbell, The Honorable Justine King, The Honorable Michael Purzycki, The Honorable Nicole Poore, The Honorable John Carney, The Honorable Lisa Blunt Rochester, The Honorable Stephanie Hall-Long, The Honorable Matt Meyer, The Honorable Tom Carper, The Honorable Chris Coons, Wilmington City Police, New Castle County Police and the Delaware State Police.”

Oliver urges citizens to participate and track this year’s statewide Stormin’s Turkey Giveaway by following him on Facebook Live: Stormin’s Annual Turkey Drive Give-Away or follow the event and deliveries on Twitter @Turkey Drive 2019. Organizers will use Twitter and Facebook Live on November 26th to #followthatturkey.

Schedule of Delivery Sites for Tuesday, November 26:
8:00 AM                   

Herlihy Apartments                            
320 East 5th Street
8:45 AM                     

Compton Towers                                           
325 East 5th Street
9:00 AM

Windsor Apartments                         
500 N. Walnut Street
9:20 AM

Quaker Hill Place                                           
200 N. Washington Street
9:40 AM 

Sacred Heart                                                  
920 N. Monroe Street            
10:00 AM                   

Luther Towers 1                                             
1201 N. Harrison Street
10:20 AM                     

Luther Towers 2                                             
1420 N. Franklin Street
10:40 AM                     

Lincoln Towers                                   
1800 N. DuPont Street
11:00 AM                     

Baynard Apartments                          
309 W. 18th Street
11:20 AM                     

Parkview Apartments                                    
1800 N. Broom Street
11:35 AM                     

Terry Apartments                                                                  
2400 N. Broom Street
12:00 PM                     

Crestview Apartments
2700 N. Market Street
2:30 PM                       

Seaford Boys & Girls Club
310 Virginia Avenue, Seaford 302.628.3789
3:20 PM   

Georgetown Boys & Girls Club
115 N. Race Street, Georgetown 302.856.4903
4:20 PM                       

Milford Boys & Girls Club
101 Delaware Veterans Blvd, Milford 302.422.4453
5:15 PM                       

Dover Boys & Girls Club
1683 New Burton Road, Dover 302.678.5182
6:15 PM                      

Smyrna Boys & Girls Club
240 E. Commerce Street, Smyrna 302.659.5610
7:00 PM                       

Newark Boys & Girls Club
1 Positive Place, Newark 302.836-6464
Norman Oliver Bio
Norman “Stormin” Oliver is a Delaware native and grew up on the rough and tough streets of Wilmington’s Southbridge neighborhood along with his four brothers and four sisters. He was raised by his mother, Zanthia Oliver, with whom he was very close. Norman attended Wilmington High School for two years before being transferred to Newark High School after desegregation. One football coach there started calling him “Stormin Norman” and the nickname stuck. After Newark High School Norman attended Delaware State University and was elected President of the freshman class and President of his fraternity. During his college years he received several awards for leadership and community service and earned his graduate degree in social work in 1985. He was a Wilmington City Councilman of the 4th District from 1992- 2004, he served as Chairman of the Wilmington Democratic Party and started the Turkey Drive and Give Away in a much simpler fashion 36 years ago by delivering meals to homeless persons living under area bridges. Today with several dozen community partners, friends, family and high school volunteers, the Turkey Drive has grown to allow Norman and his supporters to donate and deliver approximately 6,000 turkeys to families in Delaware for Thanksgiving this year. For more information, visit

Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to providing 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, a U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit

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