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Tracy Lawrence donates turkeys to Brooks House, community

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Brooks House Director Liz Reese welcomes Tracy Lawrence to the shelter Wednesday morning as the country singer delivers turkeys. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

Brooks House, a shelter which helps women improve their lives, received a Thanksgiving surprise on Wednesday.

Country singer Tracy Lawrence and his family hand-delivered three delicious fried turkeys to the home for ladies and children to enjoy this holiday season. The day before Lawrence hosted the 11th annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry benefiting the Nashville Rescue Mission.

With the help of friends and volunteers, the Lawrences fried 600 turkeys to feed Nashville's homeless and folks in-need in Wilson County.

"We usually shoot for a goal of 500 turkeys. This year we had 600," explained Lawrence's wife, Becca. "We kept 120 and that's what we brought back to Wilson County."

On Wednesday, they delivered boxes to Lebanon Special Schools and Wilson County School Districts. They also sent boxes to Timberline Campground and Shady Acres in Lebanon. More than 200 boxes to hold the food were donated this year by Custom Packaging.

Becca said that she heard about Brooks House seven years ago and wanted to help. "When my husband started this, we felt like there was a need," she said. "I just decided to reach out."

The Lawrences have been very good to Brooks House - and received a warm welcome from Executive Director Liz Reese, who exclaimed, "My children!" as they came through the front door.

"I don't see you but once a year, but you are always on my mind," Lawrence told Reese.

He said that in past years they have delivered turkey meals to the local housing projects - and are always ready to make a difference.

"We don't always see the outcome of what we are doing - but God wants us to continue to do it," he added.

Lawrence also announced that he would be organizing a golf tournament in 2017 to benefit Brooks House.

"This is so precious," said a tearful Reese. "I had no idea. You all have been so good to me."

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