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Witherite Law Group, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and V-103 doubled outreach efforts to feed 2000 families for Thanksgiving!

Pictured (L to R) Christina "Ms. Basketball" Granville (V-103's Big Tigger Morning Show), Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant (New Birth Missionary Baptist Church); Big Tigger (V-103's Big Tigger Morning Show), Amy Witherite (Witherite Law Group) and Tylerchronicles (V-103's Big Tigger Morning Show) provided 2,000 families with turkeys, hams, food and inspiration ahead of the holiday season.

The Witherite Law Group's annual holiday event took place on Wednesday, November 17. The effort was only slated to give away 1000 turkeys, but when cars started lining up as early as 2 a.m., and had reached near capacity by 6 a.m., it prompted Bryant and Witherite Law Group to double the support by adding another 1000 meals.

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"We have too many people still in need, and I think this is a great indication that we need to do more," said Amy Witherite, founder of Witherite Law Group and 1-800-TruckWreck. "The aftereffects and the current effects of the pandemic are not over. It's important for us to do our part to help people and make their lives a little bit better."

With a nationwide turkey shortage and rising food prices, families were grateful for the opportunity to receive a turkey and other staple items to make a meal for their families this Thanksgiving. What started as an effort to provide 1,000 families with free Thanksgiving meal boxes and turkeys quickly grew as cars poured into the New Birth parking lot early Wednesday morning, prompting Witherite and Bryant to double down on the planned outreach effort to expand the donations to an additional 1,000 families.

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"Amy and the Witherite Law Group team continue to be exceptional partners with V-103 in serving the community beyond just business objectives, but truly making the investment in time and resources to positively make an impact in the Atlanta area,” said Rick Caffey, senior vice president and market manager of Audacy Atlanta.

Since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the economic hardships that resulted, the demand for food assistance has been even greater. People have been known to drive in from as far as an hour away to have a meal on the table for their families. New Birth's food pantry, known as The King's Table, has provided free food to more than 837,000 people to date, including $3 million in food, supplies, essential medical supplies, and household items.

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"The bleak reality is that the COVID-19 pandemic not only marks a global health crisis but also a financial one that has increased food insecurities across the nation and around the world," said Dr. Bryant.

"What we experienced demonstrated that the need is not a hypothetical one, but a sobering reality that food insecurities are right here in our community and must be addressed, even post-pandemic."

The Thanksgiving boxes, which were provided on a first-come, first-served basis, were filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, shelf-stable food items, and other essential items for families financially impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Press release

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My turkey wing appetizers are a quick, delicious snack to hold you over until your big Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.

Step 1. Season 3 or 4 turkey wings with salt, black pepper, paprika, oregano, garlic and chopped onions in a small bowl.

Step 2. Place turkey wings in a casserole dish, cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

Step 3. The next morning, pre-heat oven to 350-degrees farenheit. Melt 1/4 stick of lightly salted butter in microwave. Brush each turkey wing with melted butter and 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil.

Step 4. Pour 1/2 cup of water into casserole dish and place dish with wings in the oven for 50-60 minutes.

Step 5. Remove casserole dish from oven and enjoy turkey wing appetizers falling off the bone!

Share your favorite pre-Thanksgiving appetizer recipes in the comments below.

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Kodak Black
always puts his money where his mouth is when it comes to giving back. The "Feelin' Peachy" rapper gave away 5,000 turkeys to families in Florida to make sure they have a happy Thanksgiving.

TMZ reports the rapper dropped $14,500 for more than 5,000 turkeys and had his team distribute the frozen birds to underserved families in South Florida communities.

According to Kodak's attorney, Bradford Cohen, Kodak's turkey giveaway tour made 7 stops in three days, with his team delivering the birds in rental trucks.

The turkeys were distributed to families in the Sistrunk and Sunland neighborhoods, as well as Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, North Miami, Little Haiti in Miami and of course, the Golden Acres public housing projects in Pompano Beach, where Kodak was raised by his single mom.

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Kodak is known for his generosity, which is one of the reasons, former President Donald Trump pardoned him in January.

Through his attorney, Kodak said he wished he could be there in person to hand out the turkeys, but he is focused on completing rehab so he can continue supporting underprivileged neighborhoods.

Good for him.

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Everyone has their favorite dish that they look forward to eating every Thanksgiving.

New England Patriots star Matt Judon had better not see macaroni and cheese on his plate this Thanksgiving

Matt went on a rant when he was asked about his favorite Thanksgiving dish during a press conference on Tuesday.

"I'm not even going to answer your question. I'm going to tell you," he said.

"We got to get macaroni and cheese off the table, all right guys?. It's just cheese and noodles. I'm getting on my soapbox. It's just cheese and noodles and it's not that good. Let's be honest guys: Everybody here is probably a little lactose (intolerant) so it messes up our stomachs and we've got to get it off the table. It's probably one of the most overrated dishes.

"But my favorite is dressing. I do love dressing, but get macaroni and cheese off the table and it will be a much better Thanksgiving for everybody in the house. I have never liked macaroni and cheese. And you know how they say, 'Your taste buds change every seven years?' Every time I try it, it's the same thing and it's never going to change and it's never going to get better.

I'm almost 30 now, I'm set in my ways, and it's disgusting. Get it off the table. The bathrooms will be less busy and everybody will have a better day. So if you want to have a good Thanksgiving, don't cook macaroni and cheese."

Matt said "macaroni and cheese" are fighting words.

"...My whole family loves it. My brothers and sisters. My mom cooks it in a big pan -- they know not to put it on my plate, or that's fighting words. All right? I'm going to have to fight everybody in the house one by one. And I will wait until they eat their macaroni and cheese, get sluggish, and then I'm going to whoop 'em."

If you invite Matt to your home for Thanksgiving, you have been warned.
 

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Today, T.I.'s Harris Community Works, a subsidiary of Us or Else Corp (501c3), hosts the 16th Annual Turkey Giveaway in Atlanta.

T.I.'s Harris Community Works provides over one thousand turkeys & produce to underserved families and seniors in Atlanta's Westside community.

Harris Community Works partnered with the City of Atlanta along with other important contributors, including Papa Johns, Humana, Chick-Fil-A, and more.

The Grammy Award-winning recording artist, actor and philanthropist Tip "T.I." Harris will be on-site helping out, along with Council member Andrea Boone, family members, friends, local Atlanta representatives and dozens of volunteers.

Who: Harris Community Works, a subsidiary of Us Or Else Corp (501c3)

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Time: 1pm – 4pm est

Location: Jackson Memorial Baptist Church (parking lot)

Address: 534 Fairburn Road NW Atlanta, GA 30331

About Harris Community Works (HCW)

Harris Community Works (HCW), a subsidiary of Us or Else Corp (501c3), is a non-profit, charitable organization that works to empower and elevate the community through education, awareness, and opportunity. HCW focuses on community impact projects that help improve lives through community transformation initiatives, civic engagement efforts, community outreach, and youth development programs. HCW’s mission is to work with public, private, and community partners to ignite change through economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community transformation, support services and programs for distressed communities.

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Did you know you can pay your favorite artist to send you a video Thanksgiving greeting? Just go to Cameo.com and browse through the list of celebrities and check out their prices.

For example, Black-ish actor Anthony Anderson will send you a video Thanksgiving greeting for just $150!

On the other hand, rapper Boosie Badazz wants $1,500 for a simple 1-minute video greeting.

The fees range from $5 to over $2,500 in exchange for a video greeting, text message or even a phone call from your favorite celebs.

Below are the prices for video greetings by your favorite R&B singers:

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Dionne Warwick ($350)

Chaka Khan ($650)

Eddie Levert ($135)

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Smokey Robinson ($500)

Melba Moore ($200)

Martha Wash ($150)

Jody Watley ($150)

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LeToya Luckett ($100)

AKON ($550)

India.Arie ($750)

Lalah Hathaway ($227)

Rotimi ($199)

Chante Moore ($50)

Shawn Stockman ($220)

Wanyá Morris ($140)

Jon B ($250)

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Christina Milian ($225)

Melanie Fiona ($199)

Ceelo Green ($150)

SISQÓ ($100)

Kenny Lattimore ($299)

Mario Winans ($75)

Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins($250)

Raheem DeVaughn ($300)

Bobby V (350)

Nivea ($99)

Shanice ($100)

Sir Mix-A-Lot ($175)

Farrah Franklin ($60)

Keisha Epps ($100)

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Most people who are traveling for Thanksgiving have probably already arrived at their destinations by now. For those who haven't hit the road yet, here are some tips on what to expect.

NBC's Kerry Sanders spoke to experts in the travel industry for advice on how to prepare for the days ahead.
 

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Make sure you plan in advance

It might be too late for this one. Thanksgiving is on Thursday. Experts say customers traveling by air can expect much longer wait times at the airport. Get to the airport at least 2 hours in advance. If your Auntie was traveling, I would go to the airport the day before my flight to familiarize myself with the airline check-in procedures.
 

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Remember Covid-19 protocols are in place

Covid-19 protocols are still in place at most airports. Federal law requires that all passengers, including fully vaccinated travelers, wear face masks at all times when using public transit, including buses, trains and airplanes. You can be fined hundreds of dollars or banned if you forget to wear one.

This is another reason to get to the airport, train or bus depot hours early to see what the Covid protocols are.
 

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Prepare for higher gas prices at the pump

If you plan to drive to your destination, prepare for higher gas prices at the pump. The average cost of gasoline this Thanksgiving is around $4 a gallon. You can download the GasBuddy mobile app which helps you save money on gas. The app allows you to find and pay for gas in the app. You can also track your gas usage and download a log for tax purposes.
 

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Keep calm while traveling

Nerves are frayed when travelers hit the road during a holiday. Everyone is eager to get where they're going as quickly as they can. But every traveler has that same thought. Experts advise that passengers keep calm and focus on getting to their final destinations safely and in one piece.

If you're involved in an airline incident, such as punching a flight attendant, you can expect to be arrested and fined up to $37,500. And your family's Thanksgiving will be ruined.

Kelly Rowland wears pajamas to pick up breakfast at Sweet Lady Jane bakery

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If you're driving and someone cuts you off, take a deep breath. You don't know what that other driver is going through. A loved one may be in the hospital, or the driver may have lost his job. Keep a cool head and be thankful for your blessings this holiday.

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Gayle King plans to "ban" unvaccinated relatives from celebrating Thanksgiving with her this year.

Looking nervous and exhausted, the 66-year-old news anchor said people who refuse to take coronavirus mRNA injections are a "problem" and she's taking drastic action with her own unvaccinated family members.

Speaking to Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the White House, on CBS This Morning, she said:

"I don't know how many more times you can say to people, 'Listen, it will save your life.' I have this problem with some members of my own family, which I'm now going to ban for Thanksgiving vacation. That's how strongly I'm taking what you're saying."

King previously said receiving the vaccine made her feel free because she'd spent the last year "so afraid" to leave the house.

She said:

"I was so afraid to leave the house. We were broadcasting from here, so I'd literally go from my bedroom to the TV room to the kitchen to the bedroom to the TV room. For excitement I'd go stand in the living room and wave at the birds! 'Hi, birds! Hi!' I was so afraid. But now I am vaccinated. It is my superpower. I am vaccinated. ... I'm taking little baby steps (back into the world).... Here's the thing: I'm tired of being scared. Honestly. I've been so afraid, hunkered down here at home. I'm tired of being scared."

 

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While the rest of you observed Corona rules on Thanksgiving, rapper Cardi B held a massive Thanksgiving throw down at her Atlanta area home without masks or social distancing.

Cardi has apologized after sparking public backlash by hosting dinner for nearly 40 people on Thanksgiving.

The "WAP" star took to Twitter to reveal she hosted "12 kids and 25 adults over the holidays", adding: "It was lit!"

Her tweet caused controversy among her followers on the social media site. Particularly upsetting to her followers was a video that showed maskless guests doing the "Electric Slide" and other dances.

One person wrote: "I can promise you it's not worth it to everyone else who is affected by your poor choices aka the healthcare workers who you will run to when you’re sick."
 

Another wrote: "Sis I love you but anyone behaving this way during a pandemic deserves to be dragged."

Following the backlash, Cardi returned to Twitter to apologize, writing: "Sorry my bad wasn't trying to make nobody feel bad. I just had my family in my home for the first time and it felt so good & uplifted me [sic].

"I spent soo much money getting every1 tested but it felt worth it. I wasnt trying to offend no1."

She later added: "People be trying tooo hard to be offended. I wonder how they survive the real world (laughing crying emoji)."

The "Bodak Yellow" rapper served roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cheese grits, ham, and other delicacies all smothered in gravy.

Question: How was your Thanksgiving? What did you serve?
 

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What Pandemic? Cardi B had a slightly embarrassing feminine problem before she caught a flight out of LAX Airport on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. A spy notes that Cardi continuously yanked on the crotch of her sweatpants which had a small moist spot on the back of her pants. Cardi is among the celebrities traveling on Thanksgiving, despite CDC officials' warning them to stay home. More than 6 million travelers flew out of airports all over the country since last Friday.
 

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Cardi was seen leaving Los Angeles the day after she broke records at the AMA's and only hours after GRAMMY nominations were announced. Cardi wore a Rip & Repair sweatshirt that reads "No More Happy Endings" on the back as she was accompanied by her buff bodyguards.
 

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Iggy Azalea (right) and her adorable son, Onyx (with his nanny), were seen in public for the first time since Iggy blasted ex, Playboi Carti for a tweet he made. The Australian rapper was seen wearing sweats with the word "BODY" printed on her butt as she caught a flight with her baby out of LAX Airport. Onyx's dad is Playboi Carti who entertained the notion that he might be ghey in the lyrics of a track he premiered on Instagram earlier this week. The lyrics in question are: "I'm servin' that base/ I got me some thots/ they thought I was gay." Carti and Iggy announced their split last month.
 

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Thanksgiving holiday travelers Eli and Maria weren't taking any chances amid the Covid-19 flu outbreak. The couple was seen wearing hazmat suits and masks at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport on Thanksgiving day, as travelers ignored CDC warnings to avoid holiday travel. More than 6 million travelers flew out of airports all over the country since last weekend.

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Happy Thanksgiving! I am humble and thankful for all of your support over the years. I am grateful that Sandrarose.com is your first stop for celebrity news, gossip, photos and medical minutes.

As you gather around the dinner table with your family and friends, you can be sure the food on your plate is healthy and nutritious if you follow this guide:

Top 5 healthiest foods on your Thanksgiving plate:
 

Roast Turkey

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The healthiest turkey is organic and pasture raised. Lean roast turkey is high in protein and rich in B vitamins including B3 (niacin), folate (necessary for formation of red and white blood cells), biotin (for healthy hair and nails), and choline. Turkey is also rich in selenium (for normal thyroid function) and omega-3 fats (lowers risk of heart attack and strokes). A 4 ounce serving of white lean turkey meat contains 152 calories. Studies show turkey doesn't increase the risk of cancer like red meat does.
 

Green beans

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Green beans are a healthy addition to salads and an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, folate and vitamin B2 (riboflavin for energy metabolism). Green beans are low-calorie and high in fiber and antioxidants. One-cup of cooked green beans contains about 45 calories and about 7mg of silicon (for support of connective tissue and bones).
 

Sweet potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamin A (anti-inflammatory nutrients and support normal eye health). They are also good sources of vitamin C (antioxidant protects cells from damage and fights the common cold). Sweet potatoes also contains fiber that's necessary for good bowel health.
 

Cranberries

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20% of all cranberries are consumed on Thanksgiving day. Cranberries are high in antioxidants that helps protect cells from inflammation damage and oxidative stress (risk factors for heart disease). One cup of cranberries contains 18% of vitamin C, 16% of manganese and 16% of fiber. Cranberry juice improves urinary tract infections (URI) caused by E. coli.
 

Carrots

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Carrots are considered the ultimate health food. They are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Carrots also contain antioxidants, carotenoids and vitamin A, which may prevent age-related macular degeneration (age-related vision loss). A 2015 study found a link between carotenoids and lower risk of prostate cancer.

If your Thanksgiving dinner contains the top 5 healthiest foods, your body will thank you!
 

Avoid the following top 5 unhealthiest foods on your Thanksgiving plate.
 

Gravy

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Thanksgiving dinner in Black households usually means gravy poured over everything. Gravy may be savory, but it is not doctor-approved. Gravy is loaded with carbohydrates, saturated fats and who knows what else is thrown in there. Say no thanks to gravy.
 

Anything fried

Fried food is unhealthy because it increases the risk of heart attacks and cancer. Fried food is also associated with obesity. Studies show people who only eat fried food are more likely to die early than those who avoid fried food.
 

Candied yams

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Your guests might as well eat a big bowl of sugar if you're serving candied yams for dessert this Thanksgiving. Candied yams with marshmallows is pure sugar. The yams themselves are sweet without all the extra added sugar.
 

Stuffing or dressing with sausage

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Stuffing is a side dish that most Americans only consume on Thanksgiving day. Some people say stuffing and dressing are the same dish. Whether you call it "stuffing" or "dressing" - it is not doctor approved. Stuffing is a mystery side dish that contains a variety of unhealthy ingredients including sausage, bacon, eggs, white bread crumbs, custard, sugar, and white flour. Stuffing is loaded with calories, carbs and saturated fats that may raise your blood pressure and increase risk of a heart attack.
 

Mashed potatoes with bacon and cheese

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Mashed potatoes with bacon and cheese are an unhealthy combination. The dish is high in starchy carbs and saturated fats. Mashed potatoes enters your bloodstream faster than sugar and will make you sleepy and more hungry. If you must serve mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving, leave off the bacon and cheese.

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4 million travelers passed through the nation's airports since Saturday on their way to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families.

The TSA screened 917,354 people at airports across the country on Monday. Security screenings at U.S. airports surpassed 2 million over the weekend, as people ignored the CDC's warnings to avoid traveling over the holiday.

It's a far cry from earlier this year when Americans were terrified to leave their homes amid the news media's daily doom and gloom Covid-19 reports.

Mainstream cable news outlets saw drastic drops in TV ratings as millions of viewers fled to alternate news stations such as Newsmax and One America News (OAN) who don't obsess over Covid-19 statistics.

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Among the well-heeled travelers were Jennifer Lopez and her fiancé Alex Rodriguez who sparked outrage on social media when they shared this Instagram.com photo of their luxurious accommodations on their private jet.

Dr. Anthony Fauci ramped up his usual fear mongering, warning that 43,000 Americans will die with Covid-19 between now and Christmas.

Long lines formed outside health clinics in New York City as hundreds waited for 6-12 hours to get tested before traveling.

But NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that a negative test does not mean New Yorkers can stop wearing masks or social distancing.

De Blasio set up "checkpoints" around the city to catch people violating his strict quarantine orders over Thanksgiving.

Violators may face fines of $1,000 to $2,000, the mayor's office has said.
 

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Thanksgiving is a time to reflect, give back and enjoy family gatherings. It's also that one time of the year to share recipes with your husband's ex-wives.

Jada Pinkett Smith (left) is preparing for the holidays by exchanging recipe ideas with Will Smith's ex-wife Sheree Zampino (right).

The actress, her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne Banfield Norris were joined by Sheree for a recent episode of the trio's online show Red Table Talk, ahead of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

"We've invited our favorite cook in the family to share her secret holiday recipes," Jada says in a new clip for the show, which will air on Tuesday, before Sheree appears in the star's kitchen.

"Miss Ree here hooks us up," Jada says. "She gets down in the kitchen!" adds Adrienne.

In the episode, Sheree shares her recipes and tips on how blended families can enjoy the holidays.

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Sheree and Will, who share a 28-year-old son named Trey, divorced in late 1995, while the actor and Jada wed in 1997.

Sheree previously appeared on the Facebook Watch show in 2018, during which she and Jada discussed the friendship that has developed between them over the years.

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Tyler Perry was in the giving mood this weekend -- as Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta welcomed thousands of cars for a food giveaway Sunday morning.

More than 5,000 families came from all over to get in line at the food drive giveaway that the studio dubbed TPSGiving.

Tyler Perry and co. gave away 100,000 pounds of non-perishable food as well as gift cards to the first 5,000 families to pull up to their grounds in southwest Atlanta on Sunday.

The cars started arriving as early as Saturday afternoon, and the line of cars only grew bigger going into Sunday -- with the food drive going from 8 AM ET to noon.

Traffic backed up all along the surrounding freeway, TMZ reported.

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Tyler's staff wore hazmat suits and PPE as they handed out care packages of food at the curbside pickup, and everyone receiving a care package was asked to wear masks.

Tyler's charitable deeds are nothing new around these parts. Tyler's done everything from tipping local restaurant staff -- with upwards of $20,000 plus -- and also picked up the tabs of grocery shoppers in NOLA and Atlanta earlier this year.

Watch 11 Alive's video footage of the food drive below.
 

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has canceled Thanksgiving for the city's residents amid the rising Covid-19 positive tests.

"This is serious life and death," Lightfoot said during a press conference on Thursday, saying the city is "doing what is necessary" to slow the spread of the virus that causes no symptoms to mild flu symptoms in 99.4% of cases.

Lightfoot imposed a 30-day stay-at-home advisory for people to refrain from traveling home for the holidays, or having guests in their homes, as the Covid-19 fear mongering continues.

The advisory was issued "in response to the rapid rise of COVID-19 positive tests and hospitalizations in the city."

Lightfoot said, "We are sounding the alarm that we are at this inflection point where we have to do more than we've already done."