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Church Gives Away Hundreds Of Turkeys

Hundreds of people rolled into the Abundant Life Evangelistic Center for the church's first-ever turkey giveaway. Pastor Jason Johnson came up with the idea.

"As a pastor, my vision is to bring light to the city, of course, we want to touch hearts, we want to transform minds, of course we want to feed people as well, but ministry is really about touching hearts," Pastor Johnson says.

Biloxi City Councilman Bill Stallworth was one of the people in line for the turkeys. He had a special delivery to make.

"They(the turkeys) go to the senior citizens we have listed in the area that can't get out and get around, so Pastor Johnson was nice enough to let us have them. We're going to deliver them, and it's just a part of making the holidays special for the people who can't get out," Councilman Stallworth says.

The James Family Foundation of Akron, Ohio contributed a truck load of turkeys for the giveaway.

"This year we wanted to serve the Gulf region, the folks that were hit by Katrina. We just wanted to help out," says Kent Starks, Operation Manager for the James Family Foundation.

The giveaway lured hundreds of people and caused a traffic jam outside the church. 

"Again, this is a little different for us. As you can see, people are coming from all over, but we're excited that people are coming in to get the turkeys, and we hope to see them come to church as well," Pastor Johnson said.

The church gave away 200 turkeys and all the trimmings to families yesterday. Pastor Johnson says the turkey giveaway will become an annual event.

By Toni Miles

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