FLINT, MI — Accomplished Flint boxer Anthony Dirrell passed out 200 turkeys at his seventh annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drop this week.
The turkey giveaway took place on Monday, Nov. 20 on West Dayton Street near Bassett Park in Flint.
Cars that got in line early also took home two boxes of Jiffy Cornbread Mix.
Dirrell’s goal for the event is to ensure underprivileged families can share a meal on Thanksgiving.
“People just really need it. … If I can do it, then I will do it. I’m happy with the turnout,” Dirrell said. “If I don’t have enough turkeys, I’m sorry. Next year we will likely have more, but I’m happy.”
Dirrell wants to show his son Nash, 8, that community service is important, he told MLive-The Flint Journal. Dirrell said his late grandfather, Leon Lawson Sr., taught him to give back to his community.
“I know he’s looking down on me and watching me saying, ‘Good job,’” Dirrell said.
Cars were lined up for blocks waiting for a turkey. One resident lined up as early as 10:30 a.m. Vehicles were wrapped all the way around Civic Park School.
Several other turkey giveaways have already taken place in the Flint area.