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Volunteers Donate More than 150 Turkeys During Denim and Diamonds' Annual Turkey Drive

Several area non-profits will be able to provide Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds of people in need this holiday thanks to Denim and Diamonds' annual turkey drive.
Friday's winter-like weather was no match for these do-gooders.

Big Jim, "The Outlaw" DJ, says, "I respect Mother Nature, but she's not gonna keep me from taking care of business."

Jimmy Cooper, marketing supervisor for Denim and Diamonds, says, "It'd take a lot more than this to hold us back. We're on a mission."

Denim and Diamonds, The Outlaw, Cumulus Broadcasting, members of the Johnny Cooper Band, and a team from Vernon College teamed up for Denim and Diamonds' yearly turkey drive.

"Our generous fans get together and we auction off autographed guitars from some of our big stars to get thousands of dollars to buy hundreds of turkeys and take them to all these great organizations that need them more than anyone else," Big Jim says.

"This started about 30 years ago with the Graham families and Denim and Diamonds is doing it on their third year," Cooper says. "It's an annual tradition for us."

Patsy's House Children's Advocacy Center receive some of the turkeys along the way.

Keri Goins, executive director for Patsy's House, says, "This means so many of our families are going to have an amazing turkey dinner for Thankgiving. We are just so excited. We serve so many families who are in need this year and this is just something we wouldn't be able to do for them."

THE Kitchen got several turkeys, too.

Jackie Hamm, executive director for THE Kitchen, says, "This is great! We always like to get donations and this will give us an opportunity to feed hungry people."

Faith Mission and the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank were the recipients of dozens of turkeys.

Wendell Griffin, the food bank operations manager, says, "For the first time this year, we had to purchase over 500 turkeys just to meet the needs, and it still wasn't enough. So these 70 turkeys are really going to come in handy helping us meet the needs."

And the Children's Home and Teen Shelter received several turkeys to provide their residents with a delicious turkey dinner this holiday.

"There are gonna be some happy people tonight," volunteer Scott Martinez says.

Volunteers donated 160 turkeys during their delivery.
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