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Maricopa man hands out homemade turkey sandwiches on Thanksgiving

Jason Batton
Posted at 6:28 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 20:44:26-05

PHOENIX — A Maricopa man is giving back to the community on Thanksgiving Day by feeding people who are experiencing homelessness in downtown Phoenix.

Jason Batton said he handed out about 200 turkey sandwiches he prepared at home.

"Hopefully make it so people have a better thanksgiving and something to be more thankful for," he said.

Patton said he wanted a way to help the homeless community after seeing the camps in Phoenix.

"It's kind of impactful, just seeing how many people there are there."

He cooked 100 pounds of turkey and prepared sandwiches with cranberry and stuffing. He gave out bags with oranges, fruit snacks, cookies, and water. Coworkers, friends and even strangers pitched in to help him get some of the food.

Patton said he knows what it's like to need help. When he was a kid, his family was homeless for a period of time.

"It was a community of veterans that brought us in and helped us out and actually got us a roof over our head, everything. It's do as you receive," said Patton.

Patton hopes the meals will be filling, but he also wants the community to know people care.

"That there are people out there...that want to see them be able to succeed. I know there are people out there who are new out there...lost their jobs. Just giving them actual hope," said Patton.