‘People need love right now:’ Chance The Rapper gives away hundreds of turkeys to Chicago families

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CHICAGO — Chance the Rapper joined volunteers with his foundation SocialWorks Tuesday as the group gave away more than 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys across Chicago.

“People need love right now and they need to feel Thanksgiving,” the entertainer said Tuesday. “We’re still out here, we’re still trying to connect with people and still trying to get people the resources they need.”

SocialWorks handed out hundreds of turkeys at each of three Chicago locations Tuesday after doing the same thing a day earlier, offering them on a first-come, first-served basis with only one turkey per family.

The group also teamed up with organizations including former Chicago Bear Matt Forte’s foundation and area churches to distribute the turkeys.

Charlie Dates of Progressive Baptist Church said the lines were overwhelming.

“The lines were wrapped three blocks back 45 minutes before we started. We were not able to handle the volume,” Dates said.

Chance the Rapper first announced the turkey giveaway during an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” last week.

SocialWorks’ ‘Taste for the Homeless’ program works to feed homeless Chicagoans year-round, helping meet some of the need in an incredibly difficult year for many.

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