Norman Oliver's 37th annual Stormin' Turkey Giveaway launched Tuesday morning, November 26, 2019, from the Herlihy Apartments in Wilmington to deliver 6,000 turkeys to Delaware families statewide.
Hundreds of people turned out to assist Oliver in his effort, from elected officials like Senator Chris Coons, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt-Rochester, Governor John Carney, Mayor Mike Purzycki and New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer, to members of the Charter School of Wilmington student council and players from the boys basketball team at Newark High School, along with former Newark High and University of Delaware basketball star Spencer Dunkley.
Contributors for the event include several individuals, businesses, churches, and schools, including representatives from Delaware State University, where Oliver went to college.
Oliver, a native of Wilmington's Southbridge section, said he's blessed.
"I think it's amazing that we bring so many people, so many volunteers, people from all walks of life. No matter how much money you make, how much you don't make, people are coming here. And I'm just honored."
The six-thousand turkeys is the Stormin' Giveaways biggest goal to date and it was aided by more than four-thousand turkeys courtesy of Food Lion.
"It's very important," said Food Lion representative Glen Mills. "We feel like we're part of the community and the community is part of us."
"Somebody asked me if I believed it would get this big," said Oliver, "I'm not sure I did, but I do appreciate it."