Members of Omega Psi Phi fraternity dropped off 127 frozen turkeys to the loading dock of the Mid-South Food Bank a week before Thanksgiving.
It's the sixth year in a row the Q Dogs have fulfilled what has become a holiday tradition for the organization in Memphis.
When you've got a grocery list that's going to include more than 15 million pounds of food a year, it's little wonder the Mid-South Food Bank is happy when it gets curbside service.
It's why annually before Thanksgiving they look forward to a visit from those ambassadors of goodwill, the men of Omega Psi Phi.
There's a lot to be said for holding on to tradition.
"We look forward to hearing from Omega Psi Phi every year. Love the Q Dogs."
There's a lot to be said about an organization adhering to principles.
"We try to fulfill our basic principles. One of which is uplift and we want to uplift and help the community," said Joseph Smith. "That's one of the prime things we do here at Omega Psi Phi."
There's a lot to be said for Chris Taylor's old pick-up truck that's still able to haul a load of frozen turkeys to the Mid-South Food Bank for Thanksgiving.
"A fine truck like that," he said. "It has 320,000 miles on it."
Considering the good works Taylor's truck was helping his Omega brothers to perform on Friday there's every indication he might have been the recipient of a heavenly deal. For the sixth straight year, members of the 101-year-old organization joyful exhibited their special brand of enthusiasm and community spirit while dropping off 127 Riverside turkeys at the loading dock of the Food Bank.
Dressed in their frat regalia they displayed an assembly line efficiency while keeping up a constant flow of good-natured chatter. As they've done every year the Omegas exceeded their own estimates on just how many turkeys they could deliver.
"A hundred's a minimum, but, we always know that the brothers are going to step up and give more," another fraternity brother said. "We all have opportunities to give back to family and community. We're in a position now where we can always give more. So, if we have a chance to give more, we always going to try."
"We are about service," another fraternity brother said. "That's what we've been about for a 100-plus years. So, we are going to continue to do this for people in need because that's what Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., is about."
For the Food Bank it's always been about feeding the hungry in the Mid-South year round. But, Thanksgiving puts even stronger demands on the organizations supplies.
So, donations and contributions besides turkeys are equally welcomed.
"In addition to the turkeys, you have to have something to go with your turkey. So, we still need the vegetables, stuffing mix, all of those things that make a Thanksgiving Day special."
But, no one can say the Q Dogs didn't do their part in making Thanksgiving a little happier for someone else. There's a lot to be said for people who care.
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