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Nesbitt, community gives back for Thanksgiving

More than 200 senior citizens had a brighter Thanksgiving thanks to the donation of turkeys from Commissioner Oz Nesbitt and the community on Nov. 23.

Despite inclement weather, hundreds waited in the rain for the donation outside the Olivia Haydel Senior Services Center on Dogwood Drive.

More turkeys were also hand delivered by Nesbitt and volunteer Gerri Byrd to senior citizens who were shut in their homes and not able to leave or travel.

One Heart Ministries, located at 1377 Old McDonough Highway off Iris Drive near Ga. Hwy 138, had served as the drop-off location for turkeys donated from the community.

"It was made clear to me with the number of people that turned out to receive turkeys that there were a number of people that need assistance," said Nesbitt. "It's that demographic that typically won't tell you their need. They're the last group to ask, they don't want to bother anybody. Once upon a time in their lives, they were able to provide their own turkey. Most seniors live on a fixed income."

He added, "I think the most refreshing thing for me is assisting people who genuinely appreciate the gift. There's nothing more satisfying than helping someone who appreciates the help. It makes giving so much more worthwhile."