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Sheriff's Office helps out at Christmas time

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – 600 families will have a Christmas feast thanks to the generosity of the Dougherty County Sheriff's office.

Deputies gave away hundreds of free turkeys to families in need.

Tuesday hundreds of families in Albany got a helping hand.  "We are going to have more to eat for Christmas," said Ja'meka Johnson who was picking up a turkey.

The Dougherty County Sheriff's office handed out 600 frozen turkeys to those in need during the holidays.

"I got there just in time. They were just getting ready to close," said Bennie Robinson.

For the second year in a row, the Sheriff's office, along with the brothers of the Omega Phi Psi fraternity set up shop at the civic center and spent hours helping the hungry.

"We went to DFACS, sowega council on aging," said Lt. Pamela Johnson of the Dougherty Co. Sheriff's Office. "The different schools in town gave names and submitted to us of different families in need."

400 names were on the list, but an additional 200 turkeys were handed out to anyone else in need.

"I have canned goods," said Benni. "I don't have no meat so I'm glad I have this turkey now."

Pastor Bill Caldwell spent the day delivering turkeys to those who couldn't make it to the giveaway. "Some of them are aware of it and some of them we are going to know on their doors and be a blessing in their lives,"

And those who were given a bird, were more than happy.

"I just thank God for it and all," said one recipient. "It's so wonderful you all its so wonderful for you to bring it even to my door... so I thank God for you."

The sheriff's office says 100 birds were give out in the first hour alone. The Sheriff's office purchased the turkeys through a grant through Sam's Club.

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