Rapper T.I. and Mayor Reed give away 500 turkeys in family affair

By Maria Saporta

The Sixth Annual Turkey Giveaway on Wednesday was a family affair for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Reed was joined by his wife – Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, and their daughter – Maria Kristan Reed, who is now 17 months old.

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Kasim Reed and his wife, Sarah-Elizabeth, join Rapper T.I in Turkey Giveaway at the Adamsville Recreation Center (Photo by Maria Saporta)

But the real star of the day was rapper and actor – T.I., who has been participating in a City of Atlanta Turkey Giveaway for many years.

Hundreds of people showed up at the Adamsville Recreation Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.W. near I-285 to get one of the 500 free turkeys that were being distributed. And they also were able to get fresh collards and sweet potatoes to complete out their Thanksgiving Day meal.

T.I. said it was important to him to be part of the giveaway because of the importance of family and the spirit of Thanksgiving – especially for people who might not have the means to enjoy an elaborate meal their families.

The Turkey Giveaway was part of the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services and was done in partnership with Councilman C.T. Martin, who was not present at the Wednesday afternoon event.

The focus of the giveaway was on grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Turkey T.I.

T.I. wishes everyone a happy Thanksgiving

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Mayor Kasim Reed stands with Atlanta’s first lady – Sarah-Elizabeth Reed; and their daughter – Maria Kristan Reed at the Turkey Giveaway

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Rapper T.I. visits with his fans at the Turkey Giveaway

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed beams next to his wife and daughter and Turkey Giveaway

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Kasim Reed, Sarah-Elizabeth Reed and Rapper T.I. give away turkeys to Atlanta residents at Adamsville Recreation Center

 

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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  1. Burroughston Broch says:

    “The Turkey Giveaway was part of the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services and was done in partnership with Councilman C.T. Martin, who was not present at the Wednesday afternoon event.”

    Is this saying that the City of Atlanta taxpayers paid for this event? If yes, then why only in Adamsville and not in other neighborhoods? The crowd looks pretty young to be focusing on grandparents.Report

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