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Big success for second annual WDRB Donuts for Turkeys drive

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The second annual WDRB Donuts for Turkeys drive was a huge success.

WDRB in the Morning's Keith Kaiser filed a series of live reports from the Krispy Kreme on Bardstown Road Friday morning.   Of one customer, he said, "She was so anxious this morning, she didn't want to take off her pajama pants.  She just wanted to come in and donate a turkey!"

If you turned in a turkey to the Krispy Kreme in the Highlands Friday morning, you walked away with a sweet treat -- a dozen donuts.

But things started a little slowly for the 200 turkey goal.  At one point the toll stood at 47.

Then Jeff McClennon stopped by.  He said he, "put a note on Facebook yesterday, and my friends just started donating, friends and I went to Kroger this morning, bought 83 turkeys, and here we are.

What he brought was a Jeep full of turkeys, and by the end 191 of them were heading to Kentucky Harvest.

The first donation went to the Franciscan Kitchen -- 10 turkeys to help feed the needy.  Chuck Mattingly of the Franciscan Kitchen said, "It was quite a surprise this morning when we got the call.  We're very excited about this."  We had a few other turkeys coming in over the last few days, so this tops it off and gives us exactly what we need."

Matthew Cambron, who is homeless, says, "Staying in shelters sometimes, Salvation Army or down wayside, it's either eat here or starve to death, you know."

The Center for Women and Families plans to feed 90 people on Thanksgiving, most of them children whose parents recently escaped abuse.  Marta Miranda of the center explains, "The holidays are hard on everybody, particularly hard on folks who are struggling and in dangerous and at risk situations."

Kentucky Harvest says at least a dozen agencies will be gifted by Friday morning's donations, feeding more than three thousand people in need for a hot Thanksgiving meal.

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