Phoenix, Ariz.- Thousands of people lined up outside St. Mary’s food bank Monday for a free turkey meal.
The food bank said it distributed turkeys, holiday food boxes and produce bags to 3,965 families in the first day of its holiday promotion. Event planners expect to help out about 12,000 families in a three -day span. Many of them are in need of a little help after going through a rough year.
“My husband’s not working. He got hit by a car," said Audrey Cox, who was standing in line since 4 a.m. with her daughter and grandson. "[We're] trying to keep up with the bills. My electric is due to be turned off any day."
There was also about 1,000 volunteers helping this week. Among them, Phoenix Suns shooting guard, Devin Booker.
“Every day I look back at the situations I’ve been through, you know, and where I’m at now, still a long way to go, but everyday I’m grateful for everything,” Booker said. He spent 30 minutes helping volunteers on Monday morning.
The food bank said it received large donations from companies U-Haul and Services Group of America in addition to nearly 1,000 turkeys donated by individuals at the drive today.
St. Mary’s is just shy by 500 turkeys of its goal to get 7,000 turkeys for families in need. Donations can be made at any St. Mary’s food bank location. To learn more head to the food bank's website.