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Local church gives back with "Turkey Day"

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

Hundreds of people in Texoma can now sit down for Thanksgiving, with a turkey on their table

thanks to the generosity of the community.

For 16 years, Evangel Temple in Wichita Falls has been helping those in need with the annual "Turkey Day."

"This is just as much a part of the holidays as Thanksgiving or Christmas to us," said Pastor Kile Bateman.

Bateman and his wife, Patti got the church involved in giving away turkeys for Thanksgiving after they saw a need in the community and wanted a way to help.

"This is our family," said Bateman.  "Some of them have been through some tough times this year so we just want to do all that we can to make sure they know they're loved and have a family that's with them year around."

The line filled the foyer Sunday with people like Gwendolyn Willis who visited for the first time.

"It could be worse," said Willis.  "Thanks be to God that he has granted this church the ability to make it all better for us standing in line right now that is trying to get a turkey."

The church has given out thousands of turkeys over the years and has always had plenty.

"No one should be turned away from anything God has," said Bateman.  "We want to make sure that there is enough."

Willis hopes that she can take the generosity the church has given her and can someday pay it forward.

"I want to thank this church for being a blessing to us," said Willis.

"It's awesome to see the miracles that come from this the families that get to come together for one day," said Bateman.

Over 200 hundred people were given a turkey at Sunday's "Turkey Day."

Kile Bateman said over the years the church has inspired other churches to donate turkeys to the community.

He said this a trend he is glad to see.

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