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Registration begins for James Brown Turkey Giveaway

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

"When I first walked in this morning, a young lady said, 'Thank you so very much for all you do,'" Deanna Brown Thomas says.

Deanna is keeping alive a tradition her father, "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown, started years ago, the annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway.

"The need is there," Deanna says.  "This is a help for people who truly need it."

Many residents made their way to May Park Saturday for the first registration for a Thanksgiving turkey.

"I can save my twenty dollars and use it for other things for the turkey," says Barbara Ann Beverly, who registered. "Dressing, gravy on it, rice, mashed potatoes, and everything."

"I think it's the best thing to do for the people who can't buy turkeys for their kids," says Joann Stokes, who also signed up for a free turkey.

For years now, less fortunate families in Augusta have had a main thanksgiving course during the holiday, as nearly 1,000 turkeys are given away each November.

Deanna says this year will be no different.

"Times are very hard for everybody today and this is a help," she says. "If we can provide the main course, then surely that can help."

Deanna says this event, which carries her fathers namesake, also carries his legacy. She says the Godfather of Soul would be glad to know that legacy continues to serve people in his community every holiday season.

"I would hope he would be proud that he knows there's a handful of people that continue what he started," she says.

And for many who registered, just having a turkey means a happy holiday season.

Registration will be held every Saturday morning in October, from 9-11 a.m. To register, one must bring a valid state ID and proof of residence.

The turkey giveaway will be November 19 at Dyess Park.

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