People Line Up for Catholic Charities Turkey Giveaway

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By Katie Vasquez

The line at one Brooklyn church wrapped around the block on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

People have been waiting outside Holy Innocents Church for hours hoping to bring home a Thanksgiving turkey.

One thousand birds were waiting for the long line of people outside the Flatbush church. 

Many had been standing outside in the cold since 6 a.m., hoping to receive a turkey from Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. 

They were handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Catholic Charities CEO Msgr. Alfred LoPinto said the line of people further highlights the great need for the annual giveaway.   

“These are difficult times, people are struggling at this point,” Msgr. LoPinto said.”So this is an opportunity to give them a little bit of support so that hopefully they can have a celebration with their family and friends and forget all the misery that’s around us.”

“Things are very hard right now,” said Nancy Duval, from Flatbush. “I’m not working so it’s going to be very helpful for my family.”

Those who came to the giveaway also received a $50 food voucher so they can pick up the rest of their holiday meal. 

Catholic Charities is planning to give away more birds ahead of Thanksgiving. For more information, just go to CCBQ.ORG.