Thousands line up at Seattle food bank for turkey, holiday fixings

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SEATTLE -- While many were thawing turkeys and making pies the day before Thanksgiving, thousands lined up, trying to scrape by and simply feed their family on the holiday.

Before the doors closed at the Cherry Street Food Bank , many people came for help - whatever they could get. The line wrapped around the corner was a sign of the times.

Upwards of 2,500 people stood in line at the downtown food bank -- the highest number in the bank's history.

Some were seniors struggling on fixed incomes with rising rent and food prices. Others were first-timers at the food bank who stood alongside homeless regulars.

Many had heard about Brenden Foster's dying wish to feed the homeless, and knew some of the food they were given came from the food drives held in honor of the beloved boy.

"That was God's last wish for him. And once I get back on my feet I'm gonna put back in what I get out of it," said Arlene Gulley.

"Well, gosh, it's a wonderful gesture. If more people could do it, more people could get help. It's a wonderful thing," said lola McNamer.

Northwest Harvest said it has received an amazing outpouring of support because of Brenden.

Volunteers who handed out turkeys to thousands said they hope the gifts could provide those in need a little reassurance and normalcy near the holiday when other things in their world could be crumbling.