The first of some 800 Thanksgiving turkeys landed Thursday on the Central Coast in the 29th annual Operation Gobble conducted by Golden State Water Co.

Golden State employees delivered 52 of the birds to Catholic Charities in Santa Maria, while another rafter of turkeys were dropped off at the Salvation Army in Morro Bay, a company spokesman said.

“We’ve been doing this about 29 years,” said Mark Zimmer, general manager of the Coastal District of Golden State Water, which serves Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

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County Reporter/Associate Editor

Lee Central Coast Newspapers associate editor Mike Hodgson covers Santa Barbara County government and events and issues in Santa Ynez Valley. Follow him on Twitter @MHodgsonSYVNews.

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