Giant turkey tells the tale of Epiphany students’ giving

The spirit of giving is alive and well at Epiphany Catholic School, Coon Rapids.

Epiphany Catholic School students pose with a giant paper turkey, each feather representing one food item students donated during the school’s recent food drive.Photo by Sue Austreng

Epiphany Catholic School students pose with a giant paper turkey, each feather representing one food item students donated during the school’s recent food drive.Photo by Sue Austreng

A couple of thousand feathers on a 20-foot tall paper turkey roosting in the cafeteria tells the tale of the school’s recent food drive.

Each of the nearly 2,000 feathers on the giant turkey represents one food item students donated to Epiphany’s food shelf.

“Kids are so eager to bring food in for the Thanksgiving/Christmas food drive. And they love this turkey – they can’t wait to show their parents their feathers,” said Kathleen Howland, director of pastoral ministry and outreach at Epiphany.

According to Howland, 150 families in need will receive food and paper products for the holidays, thanks to Epiphany students’ generous and compassionate giving.

“The food goes to Epiphany’s food shelf and we work with CEAP and Faith Lutheran Church to identify families in need and to distribute holiday baskets,” Howland said.

In those baskets, families are given enough food for three weeks worth of meals. A Christmas gift is also included.

“This is really wonderful. This is a quick representation of what we can all do together,” said Howland. “The students really live out our Epiphany mission statement, ‘Manifest Christ to all.’”

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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