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Donors help food bank hand out more turkeys

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The turn-out for a charitable meal this week was overwhelming, but so was the last-minute generosity.

The Community Food Bank in Fort Worth was getting calls from people asking about free turkey dinners months ago. And there seemed to be an endless line of people waiting for one outside the organization's doors on Monday.

But by late Tuesday afternoon there also seemed to be an endless supply of spontaneous donors. Every time the food bank's supply ran low someone stepped in with a check.

"We have made three trips out to get more turkeys," said Regena Taylor with the Community Food Bank.

Taylor said it was nothing short of inspirational.

For instance, a group of General Motors employees saw the story on the news about the long line of needy families. They pooled their money and came up with $947.

"We know it's Thanksgiving time so therefore we wanted to come out and help out anyway we can by donating money and letting these guys buy what they need," said Ella Harden, a GM employee.

"We had a gentleman that walked off the street. He said he doesn't have a church home but wanted to tithe. That gentleman gave us $10,000," Taylor said.

Last year the food bank served 990 families for Thanksgiving. This year they've been able to help more than 1,400.

And for all of those who for one reason or another needed help with their traditional meal, the giving didn't go unnoticed.

"It's a blessing. It makes it much easier economically wise," said Monique Jones.

"Means we're gonna have Thanksgiving, that's for sure. God blessed us," added Gerald Butler.

The food bank actually ended up with more turkeys than it needed. But they won't go to waste. They will be frozen until Christmas, when the turkey giveaway starts all over again.


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