Turkey giveaway slated for Friday, Dec. 17

This year’s Vanderbilt holiday turkey giveaway for full-time and part-time faculty and staff will take place on Friday, Dec. 17, at Langford Auditorium. Hours of the giveaway are from 6 a.m. to midnight, said Trish Stapp, director of Medical Center Special Events.

To add to the celebratory atmosphere, there will be entertainment throughout the day.

The turkey giveaway is for both Medical Center and University employees, and there will be a lot of people, a lot of turkeys, and a lot going on—so there are some rules that everybody must follow to make things move smoothly.

In order to pick up your holiday turkey, you must show your Vanderbilt photo badge. One turkey per person.

In addition to the turkey, employees will receive a scratch-off ticket. Winning tickets will be good for a gift card from Kroger or HoneyBaked Ham.

There will be no rain checks or organized make-ups for people who aren’t at work that day, so if you plan to be off, it’s a good idea to plan to come by to pick up your turkey. Also, it’s important to remember that each person must pick up his or her turkey in person; a co-worker or family member cannot pick up a staff member’s turkey.

For vegetarians or those who dislike turkey, there will be a limited number of Tofurkey Dinners. If you’d like to pick up one of these, it’d be a good idea to come early, because these will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Canned food donations will be accepted, and anybody who donates will receive a “holiday token.”

Unclaimed turkeys will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

A “turkey shuttle” will run that day between Kirkland Hall and Medical Center North (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.), as well as between the 25th Avenue Garage and Medical Center North (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Regular shuttle routes will also be in effect. The Round Wing drop-off will be closed on Friday, Dec. 17, except for patient access, mobility-impaired employees, and shuttles. Special needs parking will be available adjacent to Eskind Library. Please contact Natasha Johnson for advance alternative arrangements or more information, at Natasha.johnson@vanderbilt.edu.



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