1000 lbs. of fried turkey go to local charities

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - More than 1,000 lbs. will go to Charlotte area charities this Thanksgiving Day, thanks to a team of volunteers in a Huntersville neighborhood.

Homeowners in the Carrington Ridge neighborhood gathered before dawn Thursday with their propane tanks, turkey fryers and birds to get ready to give to the less fortunate.

"It's about giving back," one homeowner told WBTV.

In an assembly rhythm neighbors unwrapped the turkeys, some donated by Harris Teeter, emptied the gizzards and other innards and tossed the birds into high stacking pile of birds. Originally 90 turkeys were donated, but neighbors kept bringing more and more donations.

From the turkey pile, a flowing line of volunteers slid the birds down onto holders and gently lowered them into the piping hot grease, 15 at a time. The ensuing smoke not only filled the Carrington Ridge pool house with steam and smoke, but also the aroma of selflessness.

"Our country has fallen on harder times recently, and need has grown so this is something we need to do," another volunteer said.

After the turkeys were done to a golden brown crisp, they were loaded into metal pans, covered in foil and sent on their way, with the assistance of local boy scouts to organizations like the Charlotte Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, and men's and women's shelters.