ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) From cookers, to trunks, to door steps, deputies in the Carter County Sheriffs Department delivered 120 Thanksgiving meals to families in need throughout Carter and Love counties Monday night, feeding an estimated 700 people.
Ardmore resident Aftann Patton and her family received one of those meals.
She said she has done volunteer charity work in the past but this is her first time receiving something, since money and family are spread thin this year.
"We're very blessed for it," Patton said. "Without it, we would be left without a turkey this year."
Each meal came with a turkey cooked by members of the Ardmore's Elks Lodge as well as sides and desserts, all donated by community members.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant said he appreciates how the community came together.
"It was a great feeling to have," Bryant said. "Once you put it out there, everybody wants to step up and say 'Hey, include me in. I want to be part of this thing you're trying to put together'."
One man, who wished to remain anonymous, receiving a meal appreciated the effort that went in to the operation.
"You know a lot of people can't go out and just afford all of this stuff," he said. "It's just nice to be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. I feel thankful for it.'
The man also said he was thankful to the sheriff's department and the Elks Lodge.
"I appreciate them taking time out of their day to deliver all this food to everybody," he said. "I appreciate everybody that helped put it together and helped donate everything."