NEWS RELEASE: Councilwoman Shané Darby takes part in Local Resident’s Turkey Giveaway

Monday, November 20, 2023

Councilwoman Shané Darby takes part in Local Resident’s Turkey Giveaway
Councilwoman Darby donated 20 turkeys to local resident Marcus Thomas’ Annual Turkey Giveaway. Free turkey’s were distributed on November 17, 2023, to residents in Wilmington.

Wilmington, DE –  In preparation for Thanksgiving, 2nd District Council Member Shané Darby donated 20 turkeys to the Thomas’ Annual Turkey Giveaway, which is organized by Marcus Thomas, a 2nd District resident.

Councilwoman Darby expressed her gratitude to Thomas’ Annual Turkey Giveaway for giving families in the 2nd District the chance to share a warm meal together.

“During this time of holiday cheer and fellowship, it’s so important to remember those who are less fortunate,” said Councilwoman Darby. “This turkey giveaway is a way to give back to the community and fight food insecurity, so that no one goes hungry. Working together with Marcus Thomas makes this event so special and I’m grateful to be a part of this effort to help give back and support the well-being of families in our city.”

Thomas, a rising affordable housing developer with a passion for revitalizing his beloved city, has made it a family tradition to give back to his community every year during the Thanksgiving season.  For the forth year, Thomas is organizing a turkey giveaway for those in need. Last year, over 50 turkeys were given away, and with the help of the Police Athletic League of Wilmington, William Hicks Anderson Community Center, and West End Neighborhood House, the hope for this year was to hit 60.

Those receiving free turkeys this year were either selected by the Thomas’ family or by agencies seeking assistance. In response to the names provided, the Thomas family contacted those families to determine their family size and arranged a delivery date.

For the Thomas family, Thanksgiving is not just about a sumptuous feast; it’s about coming together as a community to uplift those who may be less fortunate. Their annual Thanksgiving event offers support to struggling families and organizes the distribution of turkey, canned goods, and a few other supplies.

“If your spirit tells you to help, you do it. It’s your duty to reach back and give others a helping hand,” said Thomas. “My mother has always told me this, and we want to share those blessings with our community.”

Growing up on the Northside of Wilmington, Thomas was taught from a young age that helping others, especially in times of need, was a virtue that defined their family values.

“Take your shirt off and give it to someone else,” Thomas’ grandmother would often say. These words have become the guiding principle behind the Thomas family’s annual Thanksgiving efforts.

As a born and raised Delawarean, Thomas takes immense pride in Wilmington and his roots. His commitment to giving back and working tirelessly to combat blight and create job opportunities is a testament to his love for Wilmington and the people. Thomas’ story is a reminder that regardless of where life takes us, it’s essential to remember our roots and give back to the communities that shaped us.

This Thanksgiving, as Marcus and his family, once again gather to give back to their community, they do so with the hope that their tradition of generosity will inspire others to follow suit. For them, Thanksgiving is not just a holiday; it’s a way of life that embodies the true spirit of Delaware.


MEDIA INQUIRIES:Yesenia TaverasDirector of Communications, Wilmington City CouncilOffice: (302)576-2585Email: ytaveras@wilmingtonde.govCity Council Website: 


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