Hundreds of Jacksonville families are taking their turkeys home for free from car-to-car giveaway
Jacksonville, Florida. One by one, the turkeys were loaded into cars on Saturday morning as Jacksonville families took the staple home for Thanksgiving meal.
“It’s very exciting,” said Joshua Banks.
Brenda said she was grateful.
“Some of us can’t support ourselves,” she said.
People also received canned goods. Council member Reggie Gaffney, who organized the event, said people started lining up before sunrise.
“The first car said, ‘Councilman Gaffney, I got here at three because I wanted to make sure my family was blessed,'” Gaffney said.
Unfortunately, some cars had to be turned away.
“The sheriff’s department told me they actually had to manage about 800 cars. It shows the city of Jacksonville, there are a lot of people getting hurt,” Gaffney said.
According to Gaffney, she took in nearly 700 turkeys to take to their families.
“We have 700 cars that we have had the privilege of praying in,” said Doug McCurry of SWAT Bible Studies.
“It’s a blessing to have these people come in and do what they’re doing and feed the community,” Brenda said.
The turkey campaign has had more than 100 volunteers with many sponsors, including Publix, Farmshare, Winn Dixie, SWAT Bible Studies and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
There were other organizations like ReWork.
Gaffney said they hope to get another turkey gift for Christmas.
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