DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson started an assembly line that included himself at a free turkey giveaway he held at Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church, 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur.
Watson was joined by the basketball coaches and captains of Miller Grove and Tucker high schools, along with deacons and other church members who pitched in at the Nov. 24 event.
Even though it was chilly outside, the weather had little effect on Watson and the volunteers as they unloaded the frozen birds. In fact, some worked up a sweat as they organized the birds to give away.
Watson said he had issued vouchers to several local churches and community groups with seniors and families who needed help, but promised to get turkeys for those who came out but did not have a voucher.
“Please don’t blame the church, if you don’t get a turkey today,” Watson said. “The church is just allowing me to use the facility as a distribution point. But I promise I will do everything that I can to help those of you who do not have a voucher.”
Watson teamed up with Atlanta Hawks Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap, Grand Hustle Management, Inc., and the August Agency to donate the 200 turkeys to DeKalb seniors and families in need.