Many families in need will receive a staple for their Thanksgiving dinner Monday at the annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway.
The giveaway will be held at 9 a.m. at Dyess Park on James Brown Boulevard. Members of the Brown family and the Rev. Al Sharpton, along with volunteers, will hand out turkeys to those in need.
Recipients must show identification to receive a turkey, said Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown-Thomas.
Started by Brown, the annual turkey giveaway has fed families for more than 20 years, Brown-Thomas said. The Brown Family Children Foundation has given out 800 to 1,000 turkeys a year since 2007.
This year, the guidelines for the giveaway were changed to ensure that only one turkey will be given to each household. To qualify for a turkey, recipients had to preregister at Dyess Park on one of four designated dates and provide ID and a utility bill.
It was necessary to revise the guidelines because of the challenges of supplying the turkeys and because some people were manipulating the system and getting two or three turkeys for the same household, Brown-Thomas said.
Families can still preregister for the annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway from 8 to 9 a.m. today at Dyess Park, according to the Brown Family Children Foundation Inc.’s Web site.