Thousands of people waited to receive a free turkey Saturday from a Corpus Christi Law Firm that makes it their mission to help several communities during the holiday season.
The annual turkey giveaway by Thomas J. Henry's law firm gave out more than 10,000 frozen turkeys to families in Alice, San Diego, Freer and Corpus Christi.
Maria Lopez Marks and her sister each waited for a turkey that approximately 20 family members would share. Marks only gets $65 in food stamps and lives on a limited budget.
“Without this turkey it would be hard for our family to have a Thanksgiving,” Marks said with tears in her eyes. “We'd find a way, but thanks to this awesome man. Many people, in this area, are low income families. A turkey doesn't seem like much but this Thanksgiving our family will enjoy a meal and thank God for our health.”
The turkey giveaway started 23 years ago in Corpus Christi before it branched off to Alice, Freer and San Diego.
Thomas J. Henry addressed the crowds at each stop telling them he understands how important it is to help the people of South Texas, especially during tough times. He thanked the people of South Texas for their continued support, and without them and his clients, the annual event wouldn't be available.
Henry arrived in a company helicopter this year to be able to make the four giveaway sites with ease.
The first person Henry gave a turkey to was Lupin Barrera of Ben Bolt. Barrera waited in line since 10 p.m. Friday.
“He's a good man for doing this every year,” Barrera said.
Volunteers of all ages helped pack and distribute the turkeys to residents in line.
In San Diego, Henry met Vivian Saenz who thanked him for everything with a handmade cross. The San Diego Police Department also bestowed Henry with a token of their appreciation.
Henry went through the crowd, shook hands and took pictures as volunteers and local city officials distributed the turkeys.