CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Austin Hermsen really just wanted to go on vacation with his wife. And he did, but not after receiving almost 100 calls to ask for the turkeys he had promised the community on Craigslist. The prank by his friends eventually turned into something bigger in 2017, creating "Operation Give Birds" giving families in need a chance to enjoy a turkey on Thanksgiving.
"There are really families out there who need a turkey," Hermsen said. " They thought it was funny to post my number online but we saw that there was a need."
in 2018 they enlisted more friends to help and got support from local companies to provide even more meals for families in need. In 2019 they want to go further to reach more families.
If you are interested in helping out with a donation, want to volunteer or need to register to receive a turkey you can click here.
You can donate on VENMO at Iowa-GivingCrew or PAYPAL them at IowaGivingCrew@outlook.com