Turkeys From Heaven is a Success

Many Wiregrass families choose to donate this time of year, but some found themselves in need. The 14th annual Turkeys from Heaven project helped by cooking and delivering over 500 meals Thursday.

Fourteen years ago Turkeys from Heaven was born with one Christmas meal.

Since then, the number of meals has grown to 530 and so has the volunteer effort.

Co-Organizer Harry Hall says, "As we grew, more people volunteer. It's amazing if you provide the venue, how many people want to come help others. “

Co-Organizer Rebecca Hall says, "We send out emails. A friend tells a friend, a coworker tells a coworker. And they all show up. Sometimes it's hard to know how this person found out and who they were connected to."

Organizers say that for most volunteers this isn't their first year.

"Every year people who've done it before tell someone else and they come join in, and it's an amazing thing to watch,” says Harry.
Edward Lovett and his two sons are first time volunteers, but he plans to make it a new tradition.

“If Mr. Harry will have me back, I’ll be back,” says Lovett.

“It's an amazing thing to walk into somebody's house when they were really wondering where the next meal was coming from and you've provided them a full meal like this,” remarked Harry.

“This is what Christmas is all about. It's about giving. It's not about what you get it's about what you give,” says volunteer, Cody Lovett.

Organizers say that Wiregrass agencies like the Salvation Army and the Department of Human Resources provided the names of the needy families.

Watch meal contains a turkey, green bean casserole, rolls, and dessert.

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