Hundreds gather for James Brown Turkey Giveaway

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News 12 first at five, November 19, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---James Brown's Thanksgiving turkey giveaway tradition continues in Augusta. Reverend Al Sharpton and hundreds of others gathered at Dyess Park to mark the occasion. "Let the record show that on turkey day the family was together to do what James Brown would have wanted us to do," says Reverend Al Sharpton.

Less than one year after the Godfather of Soul James Brown's death family and friends continued a yearly tradition...James Brown's turkey giveaway.

"That's right. Seem just like he's still here, seem like he's not gone," says Mary King.

King says she comes each year and not just for turkey, but to see an old friend...James Brown. "He did something for the neighborhood, gave back to the neighborhood, and I think it's very nice his family want to keep it going."

"This is for you daddy." Deanna Brown says she was determined to continue in her father's footsteps. "He grew up in this neighborhood. He went to school in this neighborhood, and a lot of these people who need these turkeys...he played with right outside in the streets, and he didn't forget where he came from. He was once one of these people in need of food, and so it is only fitting that we continue doing what he held so dearest to his heart."

The Reverend Al Sharpton calls it a time for family, including Tomi Rae Hynie. "For his wife and his children and all of us to be here is something he would have wanted. He would have told us deal with other things other ways. On these days we have to be together."

And one more thing..."Every year, no matter what happens, we'll be here to give away turkeys, and we'll be back to give away toys."

"I just want to say that I love you Augusta, and that James and I are doing just fine, and the Godfather is here with us today, and it's all gone be alright," says Tomi Rae Hynie.

At least it seems that way. The music and dancing goes on...a sign that for now people are feelin' good.

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