James Brown Turkey Giveaway to feed hundreds

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An Augusta tradition continues this year when hundreds of families in need receive a turkey for Thanksgiving thanks to the continued legacy of a music icon.

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People waited in line to receive turkeys durng the annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway in 2009. This year's giveaway is Monday.  FILE/STAFF
FILE/STAFF
People waited in line to receive turkeys durng the annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway in 2009. This year's giveaway is Monday.

The annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway is 9 a.m. Monday at Dyess Park, 902 James Brown Blvd. Members of the Brown family will help hand out turkeys.

Nearly the same number of turkeys will be given out as last year when 500 families were fed, said Brown’s daughter Deanna Brown-Thomas. One turkey is given per house.

The “Godfather of Soul” started the giveaway more than 20 years ago and the Brown Family Children Foundation has continued it since 2007.

Many families preregistered for the giveaway, but some applications will be taken Monday morning. Recipients must provide a valid state ID and proof of address, such as a utility bill or lease statement, Brown-Thomas said.

Registration ensures that elderly or disabled individuals aren’t standing in line longer than necessary, and it guarantees a turkey, she said.

Brown-Thomas said the annual event is hard work, but work she does to continue the legacy of her father. Sponsors, volunteers and Elif Crawford, her father’s former personal assistant, make it possible, she said.

“Without the grace of God giving us the opportunity to help people, I could not do it,” Brown-Thomas said. “It takes willing hearts.”

IF YOU GO

WHAT: James Brown Turkey Giveaway

WHEN: 9 a.m. Monday

WHERE: Dyess Park, 902 James Brown Blvd.

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/16/12 - 11:13 am
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20 years and counting

James Brown is still showing that he IS a Great Person with his thoughtfulness and actions.

I hope many will stop to say a prayer for him, while getting their free bird.

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HenryWalker3rd 11/16/12 - 12:55 pm
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"I hope many will stop to say
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"I hope many will stop to say a prayer for him, while getting their free bird."

I am one all for prayer for the next person.....but why should they pray for Mr. Brown? He has passed on to the other side.

I will say a prayer of thanks for his family for continuing to spreadLOVE to the next man....as we all were commanded to do.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/16/12 - 02:15 pm
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Blantant suppression.

"Recipients must provide a valid state ID and proof of address, such as a utility bill or lease statement"

Blantant free turkey suppression affecting mostly disadvantaged and elderly minorities. Yuk Yuk Yuk. I just don't want to hear their crap anymore.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 11/16/12 - 03:27 pm
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I wonder if they are going to

I wonder if they are going to use the helicopter again this year? Opps that was WKRP....

All kidding aside....I hope this helps the truly needy!

KSL
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KSL 11/17/12 - 02:23 am
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Picture ID

Alert the Justice Department!

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/17/12 - 07:02 am
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A rightful opinion

HW3

Don't worry about the remark.

I just hold a somewhat different belief and yours differs from mine that's all. Neither is more right or wrong or the only way.

In my case, I give thanks to GOD for the good people that have enriched the lives of others and in my own life. Whether they be Dead or Alive.

Since GOD plays a role in everything, I am also acknowledging the hand that GOD has played in their lives and GOD's actions.

Saying "GOD thank you for James Brown and for the good things he has done while on earth. Amen."

Is but one such example.

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burninater 11/17/12 - 08:22 am
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"Blatant free turkey

"Blatant free turkey suppression affecting mostly disadvantaged and elderly minorities. Yuk Yuk Yuk. I just don't want to hear their crap anymore."
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Perhaps, if you look deep into your heart, you will come to understand the difference between a Constitutional right to vote and a free turkey.

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Techfan 11/17/12 - 08:30 am
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I knew we'd get some of the

I knew we'd get some of the haters on about free turkeys.
That WKRP episode was one of the funniest things I've ever seen. "Oh the humanity." and "As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

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soapy_725 11/17/12 - 09:04 am
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Do they buy the turkeys or just give them away?
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They always say they give out turkeys. There is a difference. Some local charities glow in their Christmas Toy giveaways that actually are the result of the hard work of the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots. In fact most of the toys given away in the CSRA are the result of the Marines and the generous folks at SRS.

Kudos to the Brown Family for pre-screening, avoidance of duplicating services and fraud. They all have I.D.'s. Don't be fooled. There is a very deliberate madness to entitlement. Even Uncle Sam wants some I.D. for his freebies.

For when you start thanking the right folks.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/17/12 - 09:40 am
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Great idea & great plan that J Brown had

Thank you to HIM & his family...

But if you can't see the irony in wanting an id for a free turkey but no way to vote ....well try looking at this again....with an open mind...

burninater
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burninater 11/17/12 - 11:13 am
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Seenit, think of voter ID

Seenit, think of voter ID laws this way. Like the vote, a jury trial is a constitutionally protected right. Like the vote, no American citizen will be denied a jury trial simply because they lacked a government-issue ID.

Free turkeys on the other hand, did not make it into the Constitution, and are therefore not guaranteed.

I don't agree that this is the view of someone without an open mind.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 11/17/12 - 10:30 pm
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And now....more music.....and

And now....more music.....and Les Nessman

burninater
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burninater 11/17/12 - 10:37 pm
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3 thumbs down, huh? Those

3 thumbs down, huh? Those Constitution-hating libruls must be out in force tonight.

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