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WDRB viewers band together for "Turkey Stock 2014" to feed the needy

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The pile of 500 turkeys donated by Tuesday night. The pile of 500 turkeys donated by Tuesday night.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB viewers banded together on Tuesday to help a local church's food pantry with a major need for Thanksgiving. It's all a part of Turkey Stock 2014.

The turkey ran from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Brownie's The Shed Grille and Bar at 237 Whittington Pkwy in the Hurstbourne Plaza shopping center, not far from Shelbyville Road. The drive collected 500 turkeys.

All of the food donated will go to Plymouth Community Renewal Center in the Russell Neighborhood. You'll recall last week we showed you how the church-run food pantry only had 15 of the 400 turkeys it needs for the holiday. The non-profit gives poorer families a box filled with Thanksgiving dinner supplies, including turkeys.

WDRB viewers responded to this report and coordinated this event -- Turkey Stock 2014 -- to feed the need. It is the brainchild of Joey Wagner and Jason Brown. The business partners put the idea on social media, spreading the word that Plymouth Community Renewal was in need of turkeys.

"I was laying in bed, just going through Facebook one night, and my sister-in-law posted your story about the turkey shortage, and I was, like, 'Man, we got to do something,'" Wagner said.

One week later, leaders of the church non-profit are overwhelmed.

"What you feel when your faith actually works for you," said Markham French, executive director of the Plymouth Community Renewal Center.

Fifteen minutes into the event, the results were remarkable. They already exceeded their goal of 100 turkeys, but what was even more telling was the kindness of the community, which brought in potatoes, corn and peas. Turkey Stock 2014 has turned into a full-fledged food drive.

French says Plymouth will help more families this year than he could have ever imagined.

"This is the first time we've ever had a two-day turkey giveaway, so this is absolutely awesome," he said. "Absolutely awesome."

The church non-profit will give out the Thanksgiving dinner supplies to all of its registered families on Wednesday. A second registration will open Thursday for the extras, with another giveaway planned for the end of the week.

And Wagner and Brown have a very special message: Thanks for giving.

"Louisville is very, very close to our hearts," Brown said. "Any way we can help out our own city, we're going to do the best we can."

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