Norman “Stormin” Oliver is a Delaware native and grew up on the rough and tough streets of Wilmington’s Southbridge neighborhood along with his four brothers and four sisters. He was raised by his mother, Zanthia Oliver, with whom he was very close. Norman attended Wilmington High School for two years before being transferred to Newark High School after desegregation. One football coach there started calling him “Stormin Norman” and the nickname stuck. After Newark High School Norman attended Delaware State University and was elected President of the freshman class and President of his fraternity. During his college years he received several awards for leadership and community service and earned his graduate degree in social work in 1985.
He was a Wilmington City Councilman of the 4th District from 1992- 2004, he served as Chairman of the Wilmington Democratic Party, started the Turkey Drive and Give Away in a much simpler fashion 34 years ago dropping off meals to the homeless living under the bridges. Today with over a dozen community partners, friends, family and high school volunteers the Turkey Drive has grown to where he and his volunteers feed over 3,000 families at Thanksgiving. Again this year, the Turkey Drive expanded outside the City of Wilmington to now include not only seniors but families in Seaford, Georgetown, Milford, Dover, Smyrna & Newark through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware.