1,000 families line up for free Thanksgiving Day meal

About one thousand families in Plano got a turkey with all the fixings right to their cars.

Friday was the sixth year for the event. It wasn't open to the public. The families had to register to receive a meal. It was something they said gives them a great reason to be thankful.

There were 1,500 meals, 80 volunteers and a line of cars that stretched a mile through the St. Andrew United Methodist Church parking lot all the way to West Park Boulevard.

The sixth annual Thanksgiving meal giveaway was in full blessing mode.

"Our ministry is to provide the turkey and the fixings for the family so they can come together and concentrate on bringing their family and growing their family and let's be thankful for what we have,” said Terry Breedlove with The Storehouse of Collin County.

The meal included green beans, cranberry sauce, corn, carrots and, of course, a turkey.

The families who registered with the Storehouse of Collin County to get a meal say it was a gift they wouldn't have been able to provide themselves.

"Since I live from paycheck to paycheck even though I'm a caregiver, I don't get much for caring for her,” said Rachel Mercer. “And so this helps to feed both of us."

They have Michael Rapkoch to thank. He bought the meals. It’s his way of giving back.

We've been blessed. We wanna make sure,” he said. “I mean look at all the people who are coming for it so just to be able to have a great Thanksgiving."

Friday was the only opportunity for the program. It was a massive effort by the volunteers, including a few folks from KCBI radio who took a moment to pray with, and for, each of the families who got a meal.