MANATEE -- Daniel Throneburg, owner of Armand's Hearing Center, said he is thankful residents of Bradenton have supported his 10-year-old business.
The 70-year-old Throneburg decided two years ago that he needed to repay the community for its loyalty with the biggest part of the Thanksgiving meal.
Armand's first turkey give away resulted in 200 turkeys given away to the needy last year, he said.
The Second Annual Turkey Give Away is set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Armand's Hearing Center, 4229 14th St. W., Bradenton, next to Books-a-Million.
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The first 400 families that line up will receive a turkey, Throneburg said.
"It gives you a good feeling in your heart," Throneburg said. "God says we are supposed to give back and that is what we are doing."
Throneburg drops off information about the giveaway at local churches and last year people were lined up well before last year's 8:30 a.m. start, he said.
"By 11 am. all the turkeys were gone," Throneburg said.
Once a month, Armand's tries to give back to the community, Thorneburg said. Recently, Armand's donated hearing aids to a woman who was on the brink of losing her job because of her hearing deficiency, Throneburg said.
Praise and Deliverance has heart for needy
Throneburg, whose employees will hand out the turkeys purchased at Publix Supermarkets, is not the only person looking out for the needy this Thanksgiving season.
Praise and Deliverance Ministries International, Inc. will host a free Thanksgiving meal to an estimated 200 needy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 2309 14th St. W., Bradenton, said Pastor Sheldon Times .
Besides the catered meal, the church will give clothes to needy families and the homeless, Times added.
"We are a community church," Times said. "Being so centrally located, we've become aware of those persons who frequent this area, who roam the streets. Some are hungry, homeless, dirty and needing assistance and some are also inebriated."
Over the past 11 years of its existence, Times' church has sponsored at least three community outreach events annually at which time congregation members bring their unused and use able clothing and household items for give-away, Times said.
Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7072 or contact him via Twitter@RichardDymond.