'I feel loved': Hundreds in need receive free Thanksgiving turkey thanks to popular Philly car dealer

Justin Udo
November 21, 2018 - 8:13 pm
Gary Barbera Turkey Giveaway

Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Dozens of Philadelphia residents in need have received some help putting their Thanksgiving dinner together.

Getting a Thanksgiving dinner on the table just got a little easier for Yvonne Jenkins and some of her neighbors, thanks to Philly Car Guy Gary Barbera, who gave out more than 250 free turkeys in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood on Tuesday.

"It's nice, they care about our community, because some people can't afford to have a nice meal on Thanksgiving," Jenkins said. "I really do appreciate it."

Barbera says he's done this turkey giveaway for the last nine years, and each year it gets bigger.

"We love, love, love Strawberry Mansion," he said. "It's such a great neighborhood. In my opinion, I feel they get neglected a lot."

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Barbera says he treasures seeing the smiles on people's faces when they get a turkey.

"You don't realize the need of simple necessities we take for granted everyday, because we're just so incredibly blessed," he said. "The fulfillment of how energized they are as they're getting their turkey, it just really makes me smile and makes me happy."

Margie Walker was left nearly speechless when she received her turkey.

"I feel loved," she said.

Barbera says he has no plans on stopping the annual turkey drive anytime soon. And, he says, he'll be back in Strawberry Mansion later this year to help give out free winter coats.