Sharpton Helps Pass Out Meals to Poor in Dothan

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DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Some low income Dothan residents had a surprise Thanksgiving Day visitor when the Reverend Al Sharpton showed up at their front door with a Thanksgiving meal.

The civil rights leader was in the Wiregrass yesterday to visit with family members who live in the area. He helped deliver food with members of The Ordinary People's Society, an organization started by Sharpton's brother, the Reverend Kenneth Glasgow.

Sharpton told The Dothan Eagle he normally spends Thanksgiving serving food to the poor.

The visit from Sharpton, who lives in New York City, was a happy surprise for Terrel Teague, who said he had nothing to eat before Sharpton and the other volunteers arrived.

Sharpton, a former presidential candidate, said this Thanksgiving was more special because he was with members of his family while helping the poor at the same time. Sharpton said he normally comes to Dothan to spend time with his family around Christmas, but surprised them this Thanksgiving.

The group also helped pass out meals at a mission house in Dothan.

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