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Volunteers smoke 600 birds for Operation Turkey 2018

Operation Turkey volunteers are spending all day Wednesday cooking for people who otherwise wouldn't have a Thanksgiving meal. (CBS Austin)

Operation Turkey volunteers are spending all day Wednesday cooking for people who otherwise wouldn't have a Thanksgiving meal. Between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. the organization plans to smoke 600 turkeys. On Thanksgiving Day they'll deliver 10,000 means to people in Austin.

"I just like helping other people," says Nathan Delgado. He, his parents and older brothers have volunteered with Operation Turkey for four years in a row.

"Some of us are very blessed to be with our families but there are some that are not as fortunate as others," says Cristian Nunez.

After the family's first Operation Turkey experience, they were hooked.

"It's very positive energy. It just fills you up. It's addicting," says Nathan's dad Emilio Delgado.

"I love the fact that we are 100 percent volunteer with no paid employees and people do it because they want to do it," says Operation Turkey Executive Director Brian Tolbert.

Tolbert explains, what started in Austin in 2000 has grown to 22 cities in eight states. On Thanksgiving Day, Operation Turkey volunteers nationwide will feed about 75,000 people.

"Everyone that I've spoken with has stuck around, they lead their cities and they bring around more and more volunteers each year," Tolbert adds.

It's not too late to get involved in Operation Turkey 2018. At 9 p.m. Wednesday they'll need more volunteers to help shuttle clothing and toiletry donations to one of the four places they'll be staging from Thursday. To help, show up to the Third Base parking lot at 13301 US-183 in north Austin by 9 p.m. Wednesday. To make a financial donation to Operation Turkey, click here.

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