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Honest Ed's turkey giveaway

Over six tonnes of turkeys handed out

The lines started Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning, people weren't disappointed after receiving their free turkey and fruitcake courtesy of Honest Ed's. 

Before the doors opened at 10 a.m., there were over 1,000 people lined up.

"My father started it as a door crashing special," remembers David Mirvish. "Then he dropped the price from 25-cents to free and it became a tradition."

A tradition in it's 26th year and one Mirvish says he's thrilled to be able to continue. "We're having more fun even than the people receiving because it just feels good to be able to do this."

And that's a feeling shared by some of the young volunteers helping to give food out.

"It's really fun, I really like seeing the smiles on people's faces," said Grace Raftis. 

"Holidays are about giving, so this is a good way to start."

The store handed out about 14,000 pounds of turkeys, as well as fruitcakes.

"I've been coming here for the last 15 years," said Shane Duffy.  He spent 22-hours in line and managed to be the first person to get his turkey.

He and his brother Ryan, who was second in line, say they'll be saving their free fowls for the holidays. One for Christmas and one for New Years.

Despite the fact that the Honest Ed's site was sold to a Vancouver developer in October, Mirvish says this isn't the end.

"The store is going on for another three years," he said. "There's going to be three years of celebrating all the history of the past...including turkeys."

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  1. Peter posted on 12/08/2013 05:30 PM
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    This event is free. The needy will cherish it. They probably come to expect it but are also gracious that the tradition continues.
    Ed Mirvish though, would have some events, that to get in, he would say, you have to be 82 years old, and accompanied by both parents.

    I can't find any references to that by googling, but I know he said it a few times.

    Thank you Newstalk 1010

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