James Brown turkey giveaway coming Monday

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

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.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/FILE
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/FILE
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.

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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.

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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Pops
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Pops 11/22/13 - 09:10 pm
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Many thanks to

Comcast, James Brown Arena, Wal-Mart, et al....the people really responsible for providing the extra free food for these needy families.....you are indeed to be thanked for your contribution of food as well as letting the world think that is the Brown Foundation that is really paying for it......

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agustinian 11/23/13 - 08:23 am
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Photo ID?

Isn't that racist? Did you check with the Dept of Justice? Photo ID to get a free turkey is OK, but to exercise a fundamental right such as voting in a democratic society, that has no idea who is a citizen and who isn't is somehow racist or an attempt to depress voter turnout -- what are we thinking?
James Brown -- well done sir, and hats off to your family for continuing the tradition.

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soapy_725 11/23/13 - 09:41 am
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soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/23/13 - 09:43 am
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JB Turkey is just like all the organization distributing toys
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collected by the Marines and Toy for Tots. Many do not realize where these free gifts originate. Proper credit is due.

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soapy_725 11/23/13 - 09:43 am
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SRS traditionally leads the way in Toys for Tots and $$ donated.
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SRS traditionally leads the way in Toys for Tots and $$ donated.

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soapy_725 11/23/13 - 09:44 am
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