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Cars line streets for turkey drive

By KBell
Nov. 23, 2010 at 5:23 a.m.

A trailer holds 300 turkeys before the eighth annual Majic Tejano 95.9 Turkey Drive on Wednesday. The community has donated the turkeys and money over the past two weeks in anticipation of the event.

Some families waited just as long as it takes to roast a turkey to pick one up from the Majic Tejano 95.9 turkey drive Tuesday night.

The eighth annual event garnered up community donations for 300 turkeys, and the line of headlights reaching the horizon of Sabine Street were more than capable of gobbling them all up.

"That tells us that there's a need," said Clara Ramos, one of the event's first organizers. "We get great pleasure knowing we can help. We're fortunate and know there are those who are less fortunate."

At the front of the line were Sylvia Cortez, her neighbor Dalia Diaz and two of Diaz's children. They had been reserving their spot since 1:30 p.m.

Cortez said she went to purchase a turkey earlier in the week and was astonished to find it rang up to $32. So, she put it back in exchange for a smaller, $11 one.

"It's still going to be a good Thanksgiving," Cortez said. "We will be happy, enjoy. I know I will enjoy. Everything is good."

The neighbors said they plan on having an open-door Thanksgiving, sharing with the neighborhood and relatives.

At 6 p.m., Cortez and Diaz drove into the turkey drive-thru, picked up a turkey from a long line of volunteers, and sped off.

"Really the community are the ones that did it," said Lilo Arguellez, better known as "The Doc" at the radio station. "We just promoted it, but the community put it together."

Local volunteers were directing traffic, and within the line of volunteers stood artists from all around Texas. From Lubbock to Corpus Christi to San Antonio, bands associated with Majic Tejano drove to Victoria to give back to a community that supports them, they said.

"I think it's great helping out the less fortunate families, especially in the Hispanic community, said Anthony Trevino, a musician with The Hometown Boys.

But Arguellez said he's seeing more and more support from all races, as the community notices the importance of this yearly event.

"Maybe one day, more of the community and more companies will help," Arguellez said. "We can hit 500, maybe 1,000 turkeys."

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