No one would argue that donating frozen turkeys to the many holiday campaigns going on at this time of the year is a kind gesture, but is a turkey practical for the low-income people who receive them?

Janet Hamilton, who co-ordinates the teaching kitchen at Moncton Headstart, has heard of people trying to sell their frozen turkeys and said those stories aren’t surprising.

“A person who lives in a rooming house … they don’t have the facilities to be able to cook a turkey,” Hamilton told Information Morning Moncton. “They don’t have a stove, they don’t have an oven, so a turkey to them — it’s a nice thought but they can’t cook it.

“Selling it so they may be able to provide gifts for their children? Yes, I could see that happening.”