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Turkey giveaway brings hope to families struggling during the pandemic

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WTPA21) - Thanksgiving is less than a week away and because of the pandemic, a lot of families are struggling. One company is making sure those families put a turkey on the table this year.  

Richard Phillips is the CEO of the company called Tunnel Vision. He says each year they give out one hundred turkeys to one hundred families, but this year it’s different because of the pandemic.  

“This year with COVID going on, there’s a lot of people without jobs and a lot of people who need help,” Phillips said.  

He says he’s been hosting this event for 12 years now, but this it is a drive through style to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.  

"It warms my heart to see someone smile and say thank you and see their appreciation because things that may be easy for some of us,” Phillips said. “They’re hard for others.” 

He says each year different organizations donate money for him to buy the turkeys for families to enjoy on Thanksgiving. 

"Just getting in the holiday spirit,” Phillips said. “You know there’s so much bad news in the world right now, just to make someone light up and smile is a wonderful feeling.” 

He says he put more work in to this years event because he wanted to give families hope during this time of the pandemic.  

"I’m picturing them just sitting there eating and thinking that this was a burden off of us that we don’t have to get a turkey and that just makes their Thanksgiving more loving,” Phillips said.  

Phillips says they are also planning to do a Christmas toy drive sometime in December. 

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Karli VanCleave

Karli VanCleave is a multimedia journalist at WPTA for the evening newscast. Karli is a Fort Wayne native and Indiana University Bloomington graduate.
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