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Local church gives out turkeys for families in need

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For the last 15 years, Pastor Kile Bateman and Evangel Temple have been a part of giving out more than 5,000 turkeys.

“It's awesome to see the response to see the people when they come and they receive a thanksgiving turkey,” said Bateman.  “It makes it all worthwhile.”

He said it is not for the recognition but for the love of the community.
 

“I think this community is just amazing this is a very together community,” said Bateman.  “They see a need and respond to it.”

Every October, Bateman and the Evangel Temple start buying turkeys so anyone in need can have a turkey for their table on Thanksgiving. 

Two of those people were Jacob Beeson and Parker Jones, who said it is cool what the church is doing.

“It's nice that people can have a turkey even if they don't have the money to buy a turkey,” they said. 

It was because of that reason that gave the church the idea.

“It is in our DNA to serve,” said Bateman.   “I think when that's who you are and when that is a part of your culture it is contagious.”

He said the looks on people’s face when they get the turkey is what reminds him why the church started the giveaway so many years ago.

“I've heard some responses that I remember to this day,” said Bateman.  “Single moms saying we wouldn't have a Thanksgiving this year if it weren't for this.”

As for Parker and Jones, they want to see the day continue.

“I hope they keep doing this so that people can have turkeys,” they said.  “Maybe someday I can give out turkeys.”

The church purchased more than 200 turkeys to get ready for the giveaway.

 
 

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