Free Thanksgiving meal, turkeys for Charleston vets, homeless Tuesday

A free Thanksgiving meal for veterans, the homeless and low-income families is set for Tuesday in Charleston.

The 17th annual Turkey Day Giveaway will be from noon to 3 p.m. at Nichols Chapel AME Church at 132 Bogard St.

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, organized it, along with City Councilman James Lewis and the Rev. Randolph Miller.

The event includes a Thanksgiving meal with holiday music and a free turkey for those who can take it home and cook it, Gilliard said. Also included are free haircuts, smoke alarms from the Charleston Fire Department and the opportunity to register to vote.

At least 500 people are expected to show up, with dozens of volunteers serving them.

The church is near Kennedy and President streets.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.

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