Group Prepares 55 Turkeys for Families in Need

RED HOUSE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- As the sun comes up on Thanksgiving morning, the smell of fried turkey fills the air.

It's all part of an annual tradition for Scott England and his family. A tradition that was born out of near tragedy.

"11 years ago, Jackson [Scott's son] was born a couple of days before Thanksgiving," England said. "The nurses up there had lost a baby and were on edge. So, they put him in ICU and told us we had a real problem. That brings you to your knees."

But just days later, doctors told Scott his son would be just fine.

"It was a tremendous experience," England said. "When they said, 'no he's fine, take him home,' that makes you want to have Thanksgiving."

So, with no time to cook, Scott and his family fried a turkey, and a new tradition was born.

"We fried one the first year," England said. "The second year we fried three. The oil cost so much to fry turkeys, you can fry more, and we started giving them to people who needed them."

11 years later, Scott and his friends are still going strong, frying 55 turkeys for families in need.

"This year we saw Union Mission on TV, and they said were looking for donations and need some help," England said. "So, I picked up the phone and said we can help you."

The group works like a well-oiled machine, churning out Thanksgiving feast much like an assembly line.

"Henry ford would be proud," England said.

Bobby Massengill owns Bobby's Bar & Grill in Cross Lanes. He's helped England for years now. He raises money so the group can continue cooking every Thanksgiving.

"It's unbelievable," Massengill said. "The last couple years, I've personally delivered to 6-10 families in the Cross Lanes area."

This year, the group donated 20 turkeys to Union Missing. It was a delivery volunteers say is something special.

"It's touching really," Ryan Vannoy said. "It means a lot for some people that don't have anything. These guys and ladies come out here, cook this food for them. It really means a lot to them. It really touches somebody's heart."

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