James Brown Turkey Giveaway distributes hundreds of turkeys to Augusta families

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Patricia Simmons, center, smiles after receiving her turkey during the annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway.
Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 12:18 PM
Last updated Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 2:31 PM
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Carrying a 10-pound turkey in a red tote bag, Carrie Hacker’s face lit up so brightly that any worries about purchasing groceries for a Thanksgiving meal melted away.

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About 400 frozen turkeys wait to be handed out to families for Thanksgiving during the annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway at Dyess Park. James Brown started the giveaway more than 20 years ago and the Brown Family Children Foundation has continued it since 2007.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
About 400 frozen turkeys wait to be handed out to families for Thanksgiving during the annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway at Dyess Park. James Brown started the giveaway more than 20 years ago and the Brown Family Children Foundation has continued it since 2007.

Hacker received one of about 400 turkeys from the annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway at
Dyess Park, an Augusta holiday tradition.

The giveaway was started by the soul singer more than 20 years ago, and the Brown Family Children Foun­dation has continued it since 2007.

“When you’re not able to buy one, that’s a blessing,” Hacker said. “God has been good to me.”

Hundreds of people lined up early Monday for a turkey distributed by members of the Brown family and volunteers.

Brown’s daughter Deanna Brown-Thomas said the event provides the main Thanksgiving dish for many families that struggle to purchase a turkey.

Walmart, Bi-Lo and Amerigroup RealSolutions sponsored the giveaway.

“It’s a blessing to many people in need,” Brown-Thomas said. “When you look at $10, $15 or $20 for a turkey, in some people’s budgets it’s just not there.”

Memories of Brown, who died on Christ­mas Day 2006, were recalled as recordings of his music played. Barbara Ivey remembered Brown handing out the turkeys.

“Without them, we wouldn’t have (a turkey),” Ivey said. “It’s important to be thankful for the Brown family. We’re all in need.”

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Jake
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Jake 11/19/12 - 02:43 pm
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Legacy

Thank you to the Brown family for keeping this tradition alive in Augusta. I Feel Good!, indeed.

scgator
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scgator 11/19/12 - 07:51 pm
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I know I will get "slack"

I know I will get "slack" over this............however, I can buy the latest cell phone, Ipod, bling, Nike shoes, 22" wheels, DVD's, have my nails done, pay for cable, go "clubbing", eat at a buffet every week, get new clothes (swag improvement),........but, somehow, cannot manage to save $20.00 in a YEAR, to buy a turkey......................if you REALLY need it, that is one thing, but I have been told on more than one ocassion by liberal-thinking people..........."IF IT IS FREE, I'M GETTING IN LINE!!!!"

Beachgal
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Beachgal 11/20/12 - 09:55 am
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Interesting

I heard on the news yesterday that you had to pre-register for a turkey and show a photo ID when you got there. I find it interesting that people are up in arms about having to show and ID to vote but have no qualms about showing an ID to get a turkey.

southern2
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southern2 11/20/12 - 11:23 am
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Where was da Rev?

Where was Rev Al? Guess he didn't want to show his ID.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 11/20/12 - 02:29 pm
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Stop it for one day people,

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Stop it for one day people, geez it's Thankgiving

LMH
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LMH 11/21/12 - 05:02 pm
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Hey Beachgal.... I, and many

Hey Beachgal.... I, and many others, showed ID on Election Day. The whole country got a turkey that day.

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