More Than 350 Turkeys Given At 9th Annual Turkey Giveaway at Brooks Law Group
by James Coulter
More than 350 turkeys were provided to local families in need during the 9th Annual Giveaway hosted by Brooks Law Group last Saturday morning.
Local residents lined up on the sidewalk outside the law office’s building on 1st Street North to register and receive their free turkey, along with canned goods, cereal, pancake mix, and other groceries.
While the giveaway started at 10 a.m., many people arrived early in the morning to wait in line. The very first person arrived as early as 4 a.m., said Conner Keith, Marketing Director for Brooks Law Group.
For the past nine years, even during these uncertain times, the local law group has been hosting the giveaway to give back to the community that has supported them over the years. Steve Brooks and the other founders of the law firm grew up in Winter Haven, so they want to give back to their hometown through such charity, Conner said.
“The best part is being able to help people,” she said. “It has been a hard year. A lot of people need help. And the fact that we can do that for people, to make sure they have a good Thanksgiving, that is the best part of all of it.”
Brooks Law Group purchases the turkeys for the giveaway. Last year, they provided 350 turkeys, and their numbers have been growing since the start, Conner said. Meanwhile, the canned goods and produce were provided by Restaurants Against Hunger and Freedom Church.
Grant Piche, founder of Restaurants Against Hunger, has been operating his local catering business with his wife for 25 years. His non-profit is one of the ways that he helps the homeless and food insufficient in the community. Last year, he set up a refrigerator to provide sandwiches to the local homeless and anyone else in need of food, he said.
Four to five years ago, he noticed the turkey giveaway and decided to offer his services to assist them in their endeavor. With produce from Farmer Jack and assistance from Freedom Church, he and the others were able to attend to this year’s high turnout.
“I appreciate the humanity of it all,” he said. “These guys are a big part of what helped me to help him. We help each other.”
Bobby Williams, pastor of Freedom Church, decided to participate this year. Last year, he provided a truck to the event. His church participates in several fundraisers and charity events throughout the county. That Saturday, Williams himself participated in five other food drives, including one by Sheriff Grady Judd.
“For me, it is about being Kingdom-minded.” He said.“Everyone works together for the Kingdom and being a blessing…I love seeing the community getting together and working together. I love seeing organizations and ministries working together as one. The biggest thing is seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they see the products we give to them.”