Party bus operators presented a check for $20,000 to the Nashville Rescue Mission to provide 1,000 turkeys for this week’s Thanksgiving meal.

A group of party vehicle businesses brought some festivity to the Nashville Rescue Mission on Monday, with a donation of 1,000 turkeys for this year’s Thanksgiving meal.

As the turkeys arrived by truck on Monday, Nashville Tractor general manager Richard Jamiolkowski presented the Rescue Mission with a check for $20,000 on behalf of the Nashville Transpotainment Association.

“We have always tried to be involved in the community,” Jamiolkowski said. “So when we saw the need for this, the whole Nashville Transpotainment Association decided to get together and fill the need for the 1,000 turkeys every day.”

Five businesses donated to the cause, raising a total of $20,000. Besides Nashville Tractor, the Honky Tonk Party Express, Joy Ride, Nashville Pedal Tavern and the Nashville Party Barge all contributed.

“They contacted us probably a good couple of weeks ago, probably early part of November, saying they’d like to buy the turkeys for us,” said Cheryl Chunn, vice president of development for the Nashville Rescue Mission. “And they went to work, got that money.”

On Thursday, the Rescue Mission will serve 4,000 Thanksgiving meals of turkey, dressing and all the fixings to those in need. Any leftover turkeys will be frozen and used throughout the year.

“It’s a great way for us to keep fresh meat for our folks,” Chunn said.

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