Turkey Bowl Tradition Helps Hurricane Victims

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LARKSVILLE -- Hard hits, fun, friends and football: it's all part of an annual Turkey Bowl tradition in Luzerne County.

But, this year, it means so much more.

"Well, it's nice because it's not just about us now, you know what I mean? And, I have a big love for New York. As you can see, I'm a big Giants fan. So to be able to do something for New York is great for us," said Mike Williams of Larksville.

Several dozen football faithful teamed up with others in the Luzerne County area who want to help those hit the hardest by Hurricane Sandy.

Misty and her friend Tina have already taken one trip to Brooklyn, but this time, they're setting their sights much higher.

"The first time around, we took food. The need up there goes greater than food. There are just so many kids up there that don't have, so we thought this would be a great way to help out with that," said Misty Simon of Kingston.

Clothing, food, and toy donations and more stuffed a truck in Larksville Thanksgiving morning, all from these players. It's something they say they're more than happy to do.

"It makes you realize just…how much you have and how little other people have," said Tyler Gates of Edwardsville.

The effort to help Hurricane Sandy victims won't stop here at this Turkey Bowl. Other businesses and community organizations are planning to pitch in, too.

"Frederick Dental in Wilkes-Barre is donating toothbrushes and toothpaste and floss for us to take up, so it's gotten bigger and bigger and that was our hope," said Simon.

Little Tikes in Wilkes-Barre is also providing donations and a space to sort all the stuff that will be delivered in early December to families in need throughout New York.

It's something many in this community are proud to do.

"It makes you feel a little better, you know. It's going for a good cause, makes you a little more purpose than usual," said Jason Udzella of Larksville.

You can help this effort by reaching out to their Facebook page, Saving Brooklyn One Hoagie at a Time, Part 2.