Thousands of families lined up for hours in Atlanta on Saturday for a chance to get a free Thanksgiving food and gift card from media mogul Tyler Perry on Sunday morning.
Cars stretched for miles in multiple directions Sunday, as thousands of families waited outside Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta for Thanksgiving food and gift cards.
The drive-up event — held at the film and TV impresario’s Tyler Perry Studios and dubbed #TPSGiving — promised to feed 5,000 families between 8 a.m. and noon.
Many people arrived in line Saturday afternoon to ensure they received the much-needed holiday assistance after organizers warned resources were limited.
“Although we wish that we could feed everyone in need, we will close the line at the 5,000th family,” the event description read.”
Jeanette Walton told FOX 5 Atlanta why she arrived at 3 p.m. Saturday – 15 hours in advance.
“I’ve been blessed in where my job has allowed me to work from home, but still I’ve had other family members that have lost jobs and had to move in,” Walton explained. “That’s really why I’m here because when you have to take on the burden of others, you find yourself in need yourself.”
People were asked to wear their masks when communicating with volunteers, and TPS limited each car to two families.
It’s not the first high-profile act of generosity from Perry this year.
The actor and filmmaker gave $21,000 in tips to servers at one of his favorite restaurants struggling during the pandemic, Fox13 TV said.
Perry bought groceries for high-risk and senior shoppers at dozens of supermarkets, the Atlanta Journal-Consitution reported.
He also picked up the tab for the funeral of Rayshard Brooks, who was shot dead by Atlanta police in June.
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