Volunteers spent Friday and Saturday packing nearly 900 bags full of turkeys, sides, rolls, and pies for Foley area families this Thanksgiving.
The bags were delivered to families in need on Saturday as part of the annual Turkey Take Out.
"We knew the need was going to be truly great this year with Sally, the pandemic, and our need almost doubled this year compared to last year," said Todd Forrest, pastor at Anchor Point Church.
One by one volunteers loaded up their vehicles with turkeys and all of the good stuff that comes with them. They were on a mission to deliver Thanksgiving meals right to the front doors of more than 500 families.
"We are feeding over 500 families - over 2,000 people in south Baldwin County," said Forrest.
For the past ten years, volunteers worked in Foley and Gulf Shores school kitchens to cook turkeys the day before Thanksgiving. Due to the pandemic, that couldn't happen this year.
Forrest says this year has been tough for many families, and volunteers were determined to make the giveaway happen.
Local churches donated the food, and the the Hangout Hospitality Group out of Gulf Shores donated 300 turkeys.
"This is just as good," Forrest said. "We bring the meals to you. That way you cook them at your home, eat at your place with your family. And we hope that helps maintain some of the dignity of the day."
For Alyssa Jackson and her mother, Heather, it's all about bringing joy to these families.
"Every year she asks to do it. She likes to go and give the food and see their smiles," Heather said.
It's also a special tradition for sisters Linda Wood and Robin Roberts.
"We would like to be a blessing to our community. Our church outreach is very important to us, and we love being a part of Turkey Takeout," Wood said.
Forrest says they hope to expand so one day they can bless all of Baldwin County for turkey day.
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