CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hundreds of local families will have a Thanksgiving dinner thanks to a local food drive all day Wednesday. The Bobcats partnered with several local agencies to hold the Street Turkeys eleventh annual food drive.
"I stand out there on the corner, people see the sign," said 81-year old volunteer, John Jackson.
The cold weather didn't dampen the holiday spirit at Dog House all day.
"I can't lift anything. I have a bad shoulder but I make people smile and accept their money and make them happy," said Jackson.
Volunteers of all ages came out to hold a sign, generate donations or help collect and load food.
"It's just a good event to come out and give back, even though the weather is bad, it's just something fun to do," said volunteer, Eric D'Aiutolo.
The Bobcats partnered with Food Lion and Second Harvest Food Bank for the 11th Annual Street Turkeys Food Drive, which will feed upwards of a thousand local families a Thanksgiving meal.
"Oh my gosh I think the need is higher than ever, and I know we say this every year but we're up to in the 19 county. We now we have over 500,000 people living at or below poverty," said Kay Carter with Second Harvest Food Bank.
Food Lion donated 500 turkeys for their first year.
"This is a new partnership we started this year with the Bobcats. They approached us with the opportunity and we were just excited to do it," said Sherrii Webb with Food Lion.
Throughout the day, people came by, some just pulling up in their car and handing the food over while others like Stephanie Bortz came with her family as their annual tradition to donate.
“Everyone deserves to have a Happy Thanksgiving, a meal, and if they can't afford it then people who can should definitely try and help out as much as they can," said Bortz.
Last year the food drive collected almost a thousand turkeys to give to families. They hope to exceed that number this year.