North Texans step in to help food bank's last minute plea

- Generous North Texans stepped in to help after A Fort Worth food bank ran out of turkeys to give out to families in need.

The Community Food Bank in Fort Worth reached its goal of collecting and distributing more than 4,000 turkeys, but it still wasn't enough. People continued to wait in line, hoping for food to put on the table until residents stepped in.

Spirits are high even though, for some, times are tough.

“The people that give to the community — and they give so much — I just thank them for being able to come and support the community, and I just love that,” said Diane Crawford who picked up food.

More than 4,200 turkeys were handed out by volunteers at the Community Food Bank ahead of Thanksgiving, not to mention all the fixings -- stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans.

"Everybody wants a turkey. We don't want to turn nobody away. We have no zip code restrictions,” explained Community Food Bank Executive Director Regena Taylor. “Anybody come to our door. We'll feed them."

But as Taylor made her promise, she also made a plea for more turkeys. As soon as a donation came in, so did another call for donations like one from a local church, asking at the last minute for 30 turkeys for families in need.

One woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, dropped off 60 turkeys, saying it's just the right thing to do.

"I actually saw it on the news. Said they needed turkeys, and it's the holiday,” she said.

And she wasn't the only one. Michael Uvalle dropped off 30 turkeys.

"I feel blessed to be in a position to be able to do something to help out,” he said. “So anything we could do, we're excited to be able to pitch in."

Terrance Johnson picked up dinner for his family. He hopes to one day not be the one in need but the one helping others.

Crawford will use the donated food to feed her husband and grandkids. She says in this state, this generosity doesn't surprise her. She’s is one of many grandparents in North Texas who are providing dinner for their grandchildren this Thanksgiving.

The food bank director says it’s something she's seeing more often. The food bank stopped accepting and giving away turkeys Wednesday afternoon but is always in need of food to distribute.

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