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Around 1,500 people lined up for free Thanksgiving goodies

By Amanda Brannon
Published On: Nov 16 2012 07:44:01 PM CST
GREENVILLE -

Nearly 200 turkeys were raffled off at the Churches Outreach Network event on Albemarle Avenue in Greenville Friday morning.

People began lining up about 5:30 a.m. hoping to snag one of the 186 turkeys that were donated from Operation High Hopes.

Austin Pendergraft donated the birds after he camped outside on a scissor lift for close to 40 hours last week. Pendergraft refused to come down until he had 300 turkeys and 300 blankets donated. 

Pendergraft then turned around and donated 186 turkeys to the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina in Greenville. The rest of the turkeys went to God's Love Ministries in Winterville.

The food bank gave the turkeys to Churches Outreach Ministries who put on the Friday event.

Mary Singletery stood in line in hopes of taking home a turkey.

"What a turnout. We weren't expecting this many people. So, before they said they were going to give us a turkey but now that there are so many people they are raffling em' off. So, my buddy, Doris, who brought me here she got her turkey. So, I'm just waiting here to get my turkey. Here's my number maybe they will call it," Singletery said.

Singletery did end up getting a turkey.  She said she planned to donate her turkey to someone else in need.

For those who didn't get a turkey, there were 44,000 pounds of sweet potatoes that were available on a first come, first served basis. There were also canned goods, household products, school supplies and beauty products available at the event.

Police were on hand at the event as a precaution.