A valley church is donating thousands of turkeys to low-income families and individuals in need this Thanksgiving season. Friday is the last day to get a ticket to redeem for a Turkey on Sunday.
Members of Phoenix First Assembly donated over 3,000 turkeys for their Great Turkey Giveaway on Sunday.
The church gives away the frozen turkeys following each of their three services, two Spanish speaking and one English speaking.
Donations are being accepted until Sunday.
Service times on Sunday:
Spanish speaking service 9:00am & 10:45am (biggest crowd)
English speaking service 10:45am
The holiday spirit was in the air at Phoenix First Assembly’s annual Great Toy and Bike Giveway. Near 5,000 bikes and 10,000 toys were given away to children in need Sunday morning. “Christmas is a season when we have the opportunity to do something for someone else who can do nothing for us in return,” said Phoenix First Assembly Pastor Luke Barnett told 3TV’s Tess Rafols. “That’s what this is about.” Phoenix First’s signature holiday event has been going strong for more than 30 years.
On Sunday morning, thousands of children from all across the valley will be bused into Phoenix. They’ll get a free bicycle—for many, it’s their only Christmas gift.
“We started three days ago..long hours,” said Ruben Gonzales of the Phoenix First Assembly.
“It makes me feel really nice inside to know that I’ve helped thousands of kids,” said Duncan Kaplan, a Boy Scout.
“A brand new bike for them really is kind of a dream for them to have,” Gonzales said.
Hundreds of volunteers took time to assemble the bikes at Phoenix First Assembly of God. They organize the event every year.
“How fast can you put a bike together..5 to 10 minutes,” said Wyatt Shuman. The 10-year-old is one of the youngest helping out.
“It makes me feel like I’m doing something really helpful, doing something to make others happy..than they already are,” he said.
An anonymous person donated all of the bikes and they’ve been helping for 15 years. It started out as 100 bikes and this year, 5,000 were donated.
Kids are chosen based on need. Some teachers even nominate their students who are less fortunate. Those who volunteer their time say the kids aren’t the only ones who walk away with a gift.
“Felt kind of proud of myself that we’re just helping out little kids for Christmas who are not able to afford bikes,” said Duncan Kaplan.
“To see that face in the morning when you give them those bikes..it’s really priceless,” said Gonzales. “It makes it worth really all the effort we go through all week to make it happen.”