News 12 at 11, November 17, 2007
Augusta, Ga. --- It's a Thanksgiving tradition that keeps on giving. People will wait long hours to get a free turkey and families will be fed. It's been almost a year since the death of James Brown. But his annual turkey giveaway will live on. It's a tradition Rev. Larry Fryer knows all about. As Mr. Brown's spiritual advisor and friend, he said his involvement with the turkey giveaway is one of his favorite memories with the Godfather of Soul.
"Especially this last time when he was extremely ill. I was there and had prayer with him and all the others who was there. I watched him take turkeys to people, but I was really watching him. As he took turkeys to people, I saw what I did not want to see," Rev. Larry Fryer said.
Rev. Fryer said James Brown will be missed at this year's turkey giveaway, but is thankful his mission is still continuing.
"The James Brown is definitely going to be missed because he is the visionary for this event," Rev. Fryer said.
Rev. Fryer said he's happy the event will go on and even intervened to make sure the event continues in the future.
"This is something that he wanted to be done and I knew on the spiritual side and on his humanitarian side, he wanted this to continue, not to stop," Rev. Fryer said.
The Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway is about giving back to the community and helping those in need.
"But what is so powerful about it is that not just the turkeys and James Brown but the meaning and purpose behind all of it and those people are there because they know that somebody cares for them," Rev. Fryer said.
More than a thousand turkey's are given away at the pre-Thanksgiving event. Rev. Fryer said his favorite part of the event, is to see somebody happy, see someone say thank you, and help feed the hungry.
"So to see a smile on a hungry persons face moves me, it moved him," Rev. Fryer said.
As Brown did, Rev. Al Sharpton will give away the first turkey on Monday at Dyess park in Augusta. The event starts at 10 A.M.