turkey giveaway

Volunteers hand out free Thanksgiving turkeys on Saturday morning at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Morristown.

The Thanksgiving spirit was alive and well on Saturday morning at Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Jarrod Oliver, a salesman at Rusty Wallace Cadillac-GMC-Kia and deacon at Hillcrest, was the brains behind the operation.

“The main things are the blessings that we at Rusty Wallace have received through the year. We believe that to receive a blessing, we’ve got to give a blessing.”

Oliver and Hillcrest gave 60 turkeys away on Saturday. In addition, 40 more turkeys will be given through the John 6:35 Food Pantry at Hillcrest on Tuesday night.

Those who waited for the turkeys received a Butterball turkey, a box of stuffing, a jar of gravy and a New Testament.

“There is a lot of (need) in the community,” Oliver said. “You just have to realize there are people in need and we should help those people as we can. Hillcrest Baptist does a great job of that. That’s why we wanted to partner with them for that, to do something nice at this time of year.

“We need to realize the blessings that we do have,” Oliver continued. “I think that a whole lot of times we forget about the little things, the food we have, the air we breathe, the heat at night and the shelter that The Lord gives us.”

Oliver is hoping to make the turkey giveaway an annual event. In addition, Rusty Wallace’s Morristown dealership sponsors an on-lot Trunk or Treat on Halloween.

“We appreciate the Lord and that’s our biggest blessing,” Oliver said. “I would like to appreciate Rusty Wallace Cadillac-GMC-Kia being a Christian employer and allowing us to do these things for our community.”