Monday morning, Greater Media's WMGK-FM Philadelphia morning host John DeBella announced the final count for the 13th Annual John DeBella Turkey Drop. The station raised a record 10,685 turkeys, which will be used to provide meals for families and individuals in need. On November 25, as DeBella broadcast live from Love Park, the rest of the MGK airstaff spread out across Philadelphia at nine other collection locations. The Turkey Drop benefits Cityteam Philadelphia, an organization that provides holiday meals as well as other services to less fortunate individuals and families in the tri-state area.
Cityteam Philadelphia has seen a record number of sign-ups for holiday meal assistance this year. A large percentage of families seeking City Team's assistance are seeking assistance for the first time. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was among the many guests who made an appearance at DeBella's Love Park broadcast. He urged listeners to make an on-site or online donation to the Turkey Drop. This year's efforts were assisted by a huge donation from Parx Casino. Parx Casino surprised everyone by having a truck with over $10,000 worth of turkeys pull up to the Love Park live broadcast site. This year's output was helped by sizable donations from a variety of sources, including Freedom Credit Union, Giant Food Stores, UFCW Local 1776, Hooters Food & Restaurant, Always Best Care Senior Services, 6abc, Dave Magrogran Group, John Dougherty's IBEW Local 98, Local 1 Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Mingey General Contractors, and Bob's Diner in Roxborough.