Tracy Lawrence's 9th annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry brought 550 birds, Wilson County volunteers and a few Tennessee Titans to the Nashville Rescue Mission on Tuesday.
Lawrence, who is no stranger to charitable endeavors, started the event as a way to give back to the Nashville community. He said that 450 of the turkeys fried will be stored at the mission and distributed throughout the week. The other 100 will be transferred to Wilson County, where he and his wife, Becca, are residents.
"My wife and some ladies at church will be boxing them up, and Ms. Liz Reese at Brooks House will help us distribute them," Lawrence said.
Gardens on Main owner Rhonda Moles, of Lebanon, who also works at First Freedom Bank, brought her daughter, Chloe, a sixth grader at Winfree Bryant Middle School, to Nashville to help put hooks on turkeys for frying.
Moles said their family has been a part of the Mission Possible Turkey Fry since the beginning.
"My husband, Jason, got a call from Tracy early one morning about this. He said they needed help, so we did," she remembered, adding that the event has grown significantly. "That first year it was just the road crew, Tracy's friends and some guys from church."
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead was also there to support Lawrence. "Tracy is always helping people out. A lot of these turkeys come back to Lebanon. It is only right to be here to support him and say 'thank you.'"
Tennessee Titans Andy Levitre, Nate Washington, and Jake Locker showed up to lending a helping hand, along with bluegrass duo, The Roys.
"It is good to take a step back from football and help the community that has always supported us," Levitre said.
Locker continued that helping others is "what we are called to do."
"It is nice to give to those who are less fortunate than you. It is a good cause," he said.
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