Turkey giveaway honors motorcyclist who died on Thanksgiving in 2009


COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Faith Mission and the Saddle Tramp Motorcycle Club served up a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday to homeless individuals and anyone in the community who was hungry.

What began as a turkey giveaway ten years ago has turned in to motorcyclist with a mission.

On Thanksgiving of 2009, Donna Evans lost her life in a motorcycle accident.

“My sister way down here and wrecked on her motorcycle and died on Thanksgiving Day,” said Donna’s brother Lawrence Evans.

Lawrence said that even though many people don’t put together motorcycles and Thanksgiving, they do it to honor his sister, and continue her legacy of helping others.

“We feel like the best we can do to honor our angel is to do this for the people who are less fortunate,” said David Evans, another one of Donna’s brothers.

Donna helped begin the turkey giveaway at her apartment in a low income housing area. Even though she was no longer there to help, her spirit lives on through her friends and family.

They brought boxes of food, turkeys, and desserts for all who need it.

Lawrence said there is only one way to describe movement behind this event:

“It’s all about love.”

It’s the love that keeps the emotions are running high at the Faith Mission as they hand out food to the neediest in this community.

They say the only way to do it is with a smile on your face, because it’s makes those who are down on their luck feel better.

Rebecca Hunt is staying at a local shelter with her children and said coming to this place made all this difference for them.

“It means everything to my children to see a happy face, and to see someone who actually cares and take the time to come out their warm house to give meals out,” said Hunt. “It means everything to us.”

Hunt said she may be down on her luck, but these people brought hope into her and her children’s lives.

“The atmosphere is just amazing,” said Hunt. “You would never think everyone was down or kicked in the teeth would be so happy to be in a place like think on thanksgiving.”

Faith Mission typically serves 600 meals a day.

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