MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Different organizations around Middle Georgia held events, giveaways and dinners to help families out in need just in time for the holidays. An estimated 3,000 turkeys and Thanksgiving boxes were handed out across Middle Georgia on Saturday.
In Macon, seven churches came together to give away more than 700 turkeys. People lined up outside of Unionville Missionary Baptist Church in freezing temperatures in hopes of getting a free turkey. Brittany Haynes said the free meal will help her family make ends meet.
"It's just that little push through the holiday," Haynes said.
Church members check for photo identification, Social Security cards and a recent bill. Organizer Donnie Addison said very few people were turned away.
"It they're here, than they're in need," Addison said, "we wanted to make sure we didn't have that as a barrier for individuals."
Beulahland Bible Church in Macon gave away 550 Thanksgiving boxes filled with turkeys and all the trimmings. The church asked families in need, to call in and reserve a free box. On Saturday, families were asked to show photo identification to pick up the box they ordered.
"It's a great feeling," said organizer Gladis Bryant, "to know that you're meeting the needs of some people."
New Hope International Church in Warner Robins gave away nearly 1,800 turkeys.
"Everybody's got one purpose," said New Hope International church member Linda Thomas, "and it just brings people together for the purpose of making a difference."