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Wettstein's, Sal. Army team up to provide Xmas dinners to needy


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Wettstein's in La Crosse has donated more than a ton and a half in Turkeys to the Salvation Army.

The electronics, furniture and appliance retail store had been offering free turkeys to customers as part of a promotion.

Customers who did not want, or need, an extra turkey for Christmas were able to donate it to the Salvation Army.

"This is what local businesses do for their communities," said owner Dan Wettstein.

"If it's good for our community, it's good for our business," he said.

In total, 270 turkeys were donated. On Tuesday, employees loaded them all into a Wettstein's truck bound for the Onalaska Armory.

There, the Salvation Army will distribute the turkeys in Christmas gift baskets to approximately 500 needy families.

Gift baskets also include the typical trimmings of a Christmas dinner and some extra groceries meant to last past the holiday.

"At this time of year, if people are coming to the Salvation Army saying 'I need some help with Christmas,' you know they're at the end of their rope," said Julie Nelson, the Salvation Army's development director.

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