LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Dozens of people in need are getting free turkeys this week thanks to Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley.
Sheriff Stradley said he's been giving away turkeys for Thanksgiving for nearly 30 years. At the start of the month, the sheriff's department began taking requests for people who could not afford a turkey for Thanksgiving. The department bought turkeys and Sheriff Stradley has spent the last few days delivering them.
Stradley said driving around and delivering the turkeys to those in need is his favorite part of his job.
"It's important to me because it's called helping others. Most of them seem to be glad they're getting some help," Stradley said. "That's what it's all about here in America, helping each other. If everyone just took a moment to help everyone else, this place would be really great."
The giving doesn't just happen around Thanksgiving. Come December, Sheriff Stradley said he'll be back on the road helping people celebrate Christmas.
"We work on Thanksgiving on turkeys but on Christmas, we get hams and toys and stuff like that just to help people who are having a hard time," Stradley said.
The holiday giveaways are completely funded by the generosity of people right here in our community.
"My Lord, Jesus Christ, always inspires people to give us the money. This is his deal, we're just the legs that deliver them," Stradley said. "That's what happens, people give us $20, $100, $500 and that's how we put it in."
Stradley said there's no better feeling than helping others and he hopes more people in the community will follow his lead and get involved.
"If someone would just take time and help someone else, there's a feeling that you can't believe. It's not always about me, me, me. Sometimes help someone else that needs help because someday it might be you who needs help and someone will come along and help you. That's what makes the world go around," Stradley said.
Stradley said they'll begin the process of finding out who needs help with hams and toys for Christmas on December 1st. As for the turkeys, he said by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, they'll have given out more than 200 turkeys across Comanche County.