Miracle on the Hudson Survivor Fights Hunger in his Hometown
Casey Jones, a survivor of the “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency plane landing on the Hudson River in January 2009, delivered an astonishing 510 turkeys to The Salvation Army’s Towers Center of Hope in downtown Jacksonville. For the past seven years, Jones has made it a personal mission to hold a turkey drive for the Army’s distribution to families in need. Always seeking to grow his turkey drive over previous years, this year he far exceeded his previous record of 322 which he achieved in 2014.
“My Miracle on the Hudson plane crash left me with a compassion for the homeless that I never would have had without going through the experience of seeing myself in the mirror dressed entirely in clothes given to me by others. Six years ago, I was on my way to a speaking engagement in mid-November and I heard on the radio that the Salvation Army had not received nearly enough turkeys for the families that they help at Thanksgiving. I knew I had to do something about it. So I sent an email to five people and in 24 hours, we raised enough money to buy 140 turkeys. The following year I sent an email to 10 people and in 24 hours, we raised enough money to buy 160 turkeys. The next year the email went to 15 people and received some media coverage. When the donations were tallied, we had enough to donate 244 turkeys. And then we jumped on the social media bandwagon and the numbers continued to increase. Last year we were able to donate 315 turkeys and our total is approaching 1500 turkeys since this all started.”