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James Brown Turkey Giveaway gives people reason to be thankful

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Willie Lavine had a song in his heart and on his lips Monday and it had a lot to do with the turkey in his hand.

"It meant quite a bit because I didn't have anything and I'm mostly by myself," Lavine, said.

This is the third year Lavine has picked up a turkey from the James Brown Turkey Giveaway.

"I come up because I'm poor and by myself in an old trailer. I just thank the Lord for somebody who is doing what he did for us," said Lavine.

He's talking about the god father of soul James Brown.

Brown began the annual giveaway back in the 1990s. Now, his daughter Deanna Brown Thomas, her siblings and dozens of volunteers continue the annual tradition.

"$10, $15, $20 is just not in the budget for some people. It doesn't seem like a lot of money for some people, but to others it is if you don't have it. So we're thankful that we can just be a part of their Thanksgiving by putting a turkey on the table," Deanna Brown Thomas, said.

The turkey on the table is where they want the focus to be - not on a wallet stretched too thin.

"We don't have to buy a turkey; we can buy something else we need in place of that turkey," said Betty Johnson.

Deanna Brown Thomas hopes the turkeys will continue to provide meals like sandwiches, soups and salads for hundreds of needy people long past Thanksgiving.

The free gift has given people something to be thankful for and for Willie Lavine maybe even something to sing about.

"Thank the Lord for people like that," said Lavine.

All of the recipients of the turkeys had to sign up and register for their bird. In the past nearly 500 turkeys were given away.

The Brown family will be back to work next week for the annual James Brown Toy Giveaway.

You can register Saturday, December 1 from 9am until 11am at the James Brown Arena.

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