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Local Biz Distributes Holiday Turkeys to Low-Income East Falls Residents

(Deborah Timms gets a food basket from Bill George.  Credit: Tim Jimenez)

(Deborah Timms gets a food basket from Bill George. Credit: Tim Jimenez)

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By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local organization spread Thanksgiving cheer today by pushing shopping carts filled with frozen turkeys up a street to the Abbotsford Homes, in the city’s East Falls neighborhood.

If you remember the old game show “Supermarket Sweep,” well, it was kind of like that.

“(We are) having a race amongst some of our friends here to bring turkeys up a hill,” said Bill George, president of the nonprofit health insurance company Health Partners Plans  (at right in photo).  George was among those taking part in their annual Turkey Push.

After getting a push up the hill, the 150 frozen turkeys were handed out along with 35 food baskets.

“The smiles on people’s faces are priceless, absolutely priceless,” George said.

Deborah Timms (at left in photo) said she can’t wait for her mom’s home cooking.

“Whether it’s at her house or at my brother’s house, we always sit around as a family and have Thanksgiving dinner together,” she said today,   “so I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to receive a basket as well as a turkey.”

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