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Hundreds line up to receive free Thanksgiving turkey

By CAROLINE GABLE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Over 200 families are giving thanks tonight because of some early holiday generosity.

Hundreds lined up in Utica Wednesday, outside The City Hope Fellowship Church as 200 turkeys were given away. In addition to the plump Thanksgiving turkeys, over 150 boxes of food and diapers were also given away.

Employees at Faxton St. Luke's helped raise money through out the year to donate, and they teamed up with Sedexo. Members of the church congregation where the turkeys were given out, also pitched in to help.

Brad Huson is pastor at the church, and he says the need is greater than last year.
"Some of the things that they receive here will be the only things that they will have for their Thanksgiving table, and so it makes us all feel good, but that's not what this is about we want people to know that what is happening here tonight is a result of our heavenly fathers love for them," said Huson.

Huson is not only working to feed mouths, he's working to feed the soul. He predicts next year the demand for extra help around the holidays will continue to grow.

The first person to receive a turkey Wednesday night, lined up at 2:30 in the afternoon and stood in cold and rainy weather to ensure they'd get a holiday bird.

Thanks to the help of many giving just a little, recipients will be "Thanks-living," alongside Thanksgiving November 25th.

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