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People who took part in the Good Samaritan turkey distribution, from left, include Linda Mills, a first-year recipient, David Vaughan, president of the Halifax County Chapter of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, Bill MacCarty, local Turkey Federation vice-president, volunteer Jervon Woodin, Bill Wilkins, president of Good Samaritan, Bill Quackenbush, Dot Haley, Evelyn and Aurelius Thorn, Food Lion representatives Sherri Wilson and Houston Wallace, Shonda Powell and Sophia McCargo with the Halifax County Department of Social Services. (David Conner II photo) / November 27, 2019
The Good Samaritan Food Ministry, with the help of the local chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation and Food Lion, has once against distributed fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner for families in need in Halifax County.

Good Samaritan received donations from Wild Turkey Federation members that they put together with 31 turkeys purchased at a discount at the Food Lion store in Riverdale. “We thank them so much for their generosity,” said Mary Carter, Good Samaritan coordinator.

Foodstuffs are distributed at the two Good Samaritan locations, at First Baptist Church of South Boston and Republican Grove for those who live in the northern part of Halifax County.

The food coordinators, Aurelius Thorn Jr. and wife Evelyn, contacted the county Department of Social Services to get a list of families in need of turkey and Thanksgiving meal donations.

“There is more to that than most people think,” said Thorn, since some families do not have an oven or other means to cook a turkey.

“We are passing out bags of the fixings, too,” said Evelyn Thorn, who has been filling bags of food for the families to enjoy for Thanksgiving. Everyone receives a traditional dinner with yams, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, gravy, and Jiffy corn muffin mix.

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