Franciscan Center Handing Out Turkeys

By Maureen Mespell
By Scott Sarvay

November 23, 2010 Updated Nov 23, 2010 at 12:15 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Hundreds of people lined up outside the Franciscan Center Tuesday waiting to receive one of the turkeys or hams available for Thanksgiving dinner. Some had been waiting in line since 2 am.

"Thanksgiving Tuesday" started in 2004 with 277 turkeys.

Today, the Franciscan Center had 1,300 turkeys and hams for anyone who waited in line.

Exec. Dir. Of the Franciscan Center Jim Christie says, “We're a mission of kindness, so it's not just about hunger relief. We're here to serve. We're here to take care of people, and we want to make sure that everybody that needs to have a good Thanksgiving dinner can have one for the holidays and be with their family.”

It's estimated these turkeys and hams will feed more than 6,000 people.

For more information on how you can receive a turkey for Christmas, or if you'd like to donate to the Franciscan Center, call 744-3977. $100 will feed about 9 families.

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