James Brown turkey giveaway coming Monday

Around 300 frozen turkeys wait to be handed out to families for Thanksgiving during the annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway at Dyess Park on Monday, November 19, 2012. James Brown started the giveaway more than 20 years ago and the Brown Family Children Foundation has continued it since 2007.

 

Hundreds of families in need will take home a free turkey Monday for their Thanks­­giving feast.

The annual James Brown Tur­key Give­away will be at 8:30 a.m. at Dyess Park, 902 James Brown Blvd. Members of the Brown family and volunteers will hand out turkeys to preregistered households.

Soul music icon James Brown started handing out turkeys more than 20 years ago. The Brown Family Children Foun­da­tion continues to hold the event.

“We’re pleased to do it every year, God help us,” said Elif Crawford, Brown’s former personal assistant, who helps organize the giveaway for the foundation.

About 600 households registered for turkeys, Crawford said. After a group prayer, it will take about an hour to hand out the turkeys to those in line, beginning with the elderly. Recipients must bring a photo ID.

The turkeys are provided by Comcast, James Brown Arena, Wal-Mart, small businesses and individuals, Crawford said.

Registration begins for Brown Family Children Foundation turkey giveaway
James Brown Turkey Giveaway distributes hundreds of turkeys to Augusta families
IF YOU GO

WHAT: James Brown Turkey Giveaway
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Monday
WHERE: Dyess Park, 902 James Brown Blvd.
MORE INFORMATION: Recipients must have registered to receive a turkey and must bring a photo ID.

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