Some restaurateur's opened their dining rooms to the needy yesterday as much of the nation feasted on turkey, but in Watkins Glen, N.Y., the turkeys had the Thanksgiving Day table to themselves.
Denver restaurateur "Daddy" Bruce Randolph cooked for 100,000 in his 29th annual Thanksgiving free feast for the needy. He said he had plenty of food: "There are no cutoffs in the number of people who can come to dinner."
At Al's Place in Tulsa, Okla., proprietor Al Beck provided free breakfast for about 500 people.
"I got just a little bit tired of these people coming by here hungry all the time," said Beck. "I saw 'em eating out of the dumpster. You know you have some problems when that happens."
Some Arkansas residents benefited from the work of an Oklahoma City program. About 75,000 pounds of turkey, chicken, canned vegetables and cookies were distributed to 2,000 people in the towns of Dumas, Wright and Eudora by the Feed the Children program of the Larry Jones Ministries.
In Florida, volunteers at the Miami Rescue Mission prepared 1 ton of turkey meat, 1,000 pounds of dressing, 45 cases of potatoes and 40 cases of string beans for the homeless and needy.
In Arizona, a supermarket chain removed all turkeys from its four Tucson stores and offered refunds after a man called a local television station and said he had injected some turkeys with cyanide. Police said yesterday that no evidence had been found that any turkeys sold by Smith's Food and Drugs actually had been injected with the poison.
About 25 turkeys had the table all to themselves at the Farm Sanctuary, a 175-acre refuge in Watkins Glen, where unwanted farm animals can live out their lives.
A turkey's table manners are strictly for the birds, said Blanche Kent, the farm's shelter manager. "They peck at each other's plates," Kent said. "They're excited by all the colors, especially the red in the cranberries. And they love pumpkin pie."