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Sharpton helps distribute meals to poor in Dothan

DOTHAN (AP) — Some low-income Dothan residents had a surprise Thanksgiving Day visitor as civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton showed up to help deliver Thanksgiving meals.

Sharpton was in Dothan Thursday to visit with family members who live in the area. He helped deliver food with members of The Ordinary People’s Society, an organization started by Sharpton’s brother, the Rev. Kenneth Glasgow.

Sharpton told The Dothan Eagle he normally spends Thanksgiving serving food to the poor.

“This is what Thanksgiving is about,” Sharpton said, gesturing to volunteers handing out boxed lunches.

The visit from Sharpton, who lives in New York City, was a happy surprise for Terrel Teague, who said he had nothing to eat before Sharpton and the other volunteers arrived.

“I freaked out,” he said, laughing. “It was really, really good to see him. I’m very grateful.”

Sharpton said he has mixed emotions when he hands out Thanksgiving meals.

“It makes me both glad and sad that we did it. Glad he will eat tonight, but sad because I know if we didn’t come out tonight, what would have happened.”

Sharpton, a former presidential candidate, said this Thanksgiving was more special because he was with members of his family while helping the poor at the same time. Sharpton said he normally comes to Dothan to spend time with his family around Christmas, but surprised them this Thanksgiving.

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