Churches give free turkeys to New Yorkers in need

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HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) -- Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem was one of several houses of worship around the city on Saturday that gave those in need enough groceries, including frozen turkeys, to cook and feed a family of four.

“It’s going to help my family and me tremendously cause I didn’t have money to buy a turkey,” said Stephen Blanks, a married father of two.

Rev. Dr. Thomas Johnson, Canaan Baptist’s Senior Pastor, said he’s seen a substantial increase in the number of families going hungry.

“Last year we served 500 families.  This year close to 800 families—all through the generosity of our congregation and community organizations,” said Pastor Johnson.

Canaan Baptist teamed up with the group One Hundred Black Men of New York.  Together they were able to raise enough money to provide 8,000 meals to people throughout the five boroughs.

13-year-old Benjamin Harp was thrilled to take part in the initiative.

“I wanted to volunteer because I felt it was a good thing to help people have the Thanksgiving I have,” said the Harlem 8th grader.