12th Annual Free the Z Turkey Drive Kicks Off Tuesday


BREWER - Day one of the annual 'Free the Z Turkey Drive' was quite a windy one, but it didn't stop hundreds from swinging by the Hannaford parking lot in Brewer.

"We've been through every sort of weather condition you can think of," Kid, DJ at Z 107.3, says. "We've had down-pouring rain, mild sunny days, it doesn't matter what the elements are, we're not going anywhere."


From day to night, Kid's determination to make it through the next few days of the cold weather has many in agreement about his situation.


"He's crazy," Aiden, a young boy from Bangor, says. "I would never do it."


"He's an honorable human being," Bill Rae, Executive Director of Manna Ministries, says. "Maybe a little crazy, but he does this totally for this community."


"He's crazy, but it's a good cause, and it's well appreciated by everyone in the community," Charity, a Bangor resident, says.


2,013 turkeys are needed in order to get Kid out of the parking lot and back into his own home.


The 12th annual 'Free the Z Turkey Drive' sponsored by Z 107.3 collects the famous birds for local non-profit Manna Ministries.


"We're off to a good start," Rae says. "These guys are doing a great job. To those out in the community, thank you, you're a blessing, and it's time to give someone a turkey this year."


"To be able to come here and feel like they are really helping the community is just great," Emilie Bronson, live events manager at Townsquare Media, says.


This time of year is all about the spirit of giving, and the stories that follow suit make this event even more special.


"We had a family come up and say they hadn't been able to donate in the past and they really wanted to," Bronson explains. "Today they gave us 20 turkeys and it just warms your soul and brings a little tear to your eyes."


"For me personally, it's just getting to see the moms, dads, and kids getting a thanksgiving dinner that they probably wouldn't have had if it wasn't for something like this. It's unbelievable," Rae says.


Kid will be collecting donations and turkeys through Thursday, the day he hopes to be able to leave after completing his goal.

Karina Bolster

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Karina joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX Bangor News team in March of 2013. Raised as part of a military family, she likes to consider Massachusetts as her "home-base". Karina graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where she majored in Communications. From January 2012 to July 2012, Karina was a student reporter for New England Cable News (NECN) and would take part in a live shot every Tuesday for The Morning Show, covering topics from current events to the "Trophy Town" teams.

Karina also has a huge passion for sports. While in college she interned for New England Sports Network (NESN) as a “NESN Daily” intern, as well as the TD Garden, working in the control room for the Bruins and Celtics games. Also as a former college softball player, she loves staying active and looks forward to trying some of the sports the Bangor area has to offer!

Karina Bolster
ABC 7/FOX 22 Bangor
(207) 945-6457 X 3118

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