ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The givers have become the ones who are in need.
That’s what the head of Rock Hill's Feed the Hungry says; he desperately needs help buying turkeys.
NBC Charlotte was there as he shopped at Walmart. He held a handful of receipts. They were lengthy and blowing in the wind.
“Turkeys, all these are turkeys,” he says pointing to the receipts.
Dr. Ronal King has run Feed the Hungry for 41 years.
He feeds people year round but on thanksgiving he is hoping to serve 120,000 meals. There are 216 different locations across the Carolinas.
“We need 3,000 turkeys to do that, actually, 3,750 turkeys.”
Some he's already bought.
The rest he has ordered, he just can’t pay for them. So many people who once donated now need help.
Each year, Barbara Gordon helps distribute the turkeys to area churches.
She says, it’s kind of rough. People don’t have jobs and no houses, people are being placed out of their homes and the churches now have to pick up.”
Seeing a trunk full of turkeys thrills her.
“To think about how many people are going to be happy, rejoicing that otherwise wouldn’t be able to if they didn’t have this.”
They need many more.
“They would just have nothing, they would have nothing because some of them are homeless.”
Rev. King is working on it, hoping more donations will come in.
There is still a big need.
“Right at $10,000, because all the turkeys together cost $26,000” he told us.
“Gods got turkeys, I don’t have no turkeys!”
To help, you can reach Rev. King at firstname.lastname@example.org.