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Holiday Turkey Giveaway

DILLON — Hundreds of people lined up at a local church in Dillon, South Carolina to get a free turkey just in time for Thanksgiving.

The 100 birds given to the community were compliments of comedian James Stephens III, who teamed up with Charlotte, N.C.-based Campus Crest Communities for the giveaway. Campus Crest Communities develops, builds, manages, and owns student housing properties across the United States.

Stephens’ resume includes work on “Def Comedy Jam,” but his roots are in his hometown of Dillon.

Laughter, thanks and turkeys filled the Outreach Family Church parking lot, where the event was held.

“James Stephens is so nice for doing this,“ Dillon resident Elizabeth McKay said. “I’ve been knowing him for a long time and he’s a very nice person.”

McKay waited to see the comedian, who this time was giving his audience holiday cheer and the primary component of their Thanksgiving meal.

“I thank God that he had a kind heart to want to do this,” McKay said.

McKay is one of hundreds who mainly came to the event seeking help for their annual feast. She’s cooking for 30 people this Thanksgiving. But in this economy, she said, her family and many others can’t make it without assistance.

“It’s probably going to cost me between around $200,” McKay said. “It’s worth it to see all the family get together and be happy and stuff like that.”

“I feel strongly that the children and families of this great town should be able to fully enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and give thanks to our Lord and appreciate each others’ company over a wholesome meal,” Stephens said in a press release. “I am blessed with the opportunity to come home and share the fruits of my success with others,” says Stephens.